2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Fier

Organisations: Aksion Plus, Epoka e Re Centre.

Under the auspices of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking (June 26th), Aksion Plus conducted the “Support, Do not Punish” campaign in the city of Fier. Initially, a meeting was held between the representatives of our center, the representative of the Regional Health Directorate in the city of Fier, staff and volunteers of the Epoka e Re Center. During this meeting, a discussion took place about the need to open a new branch in Fier city for the delivery of methadone and the provision of medical and psycho-social assistance to drug users. We discussed about the current services offered to users by providing them more detailed information. Finally, the message was that young people are the ambassadors of sensitizing the general population to this phenomenon.

Together with volunteers from Epoka e Re, were distributed leaflets, brochures that aimed to inform the general public about drugs, harm reduction and HIV / AIDS. A meeting was also held with representatives of the City Hall of Fier.

 

 

Cities: Durres

Organisations: Aksion Plus

 

Aksion Plus is organising awareness-raising activities in Tirana and Durres, particularly sharing information and leaflets, and focusing on the challenges facing young people. People will be encouraged to join the Interactive Photo Project too. Advocacy and support activities will take place in OST centres with clients; as well as political advocacy activities. All this will be coupled with online activities to raise awareness on harm reduction and the criminalisation of people who use drugs.

 

2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Tirana

Organisations: Aksion Plus and Epoka e Re

Under the auspices of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking (June 26th), Aksion Plus conducted the “Support, Do not Punish” campaign in the city of Fier. Initially, a meeting was held between the representatives of our centre, the representative of the Regional Health Directorate in the city of Fier, staff and volunteers of the Epoka e Re Center. During this meeting was discussed about the need to open a new branch in Fier city for the delivery of methadone and the provision of medical and psycho-social assistance to drug users. We discussed about the current services offered to users by providing them more detailed information. Finally, the message overecomed was that young people are the ambassadors of sensitizing the general population to this phenomenon. Together with volunteers from Epoka e Re, were distributed leaflets, brochures that aimed to inform the general public about drugs, harm reduction and HIV / AIDS. A meeting was also held with representatives of the City Hall of Fier.

2017

Day of Action 2017

In Durrës, Aksion Plus organised a 2 week long awareness campaign for two weeks, with a focus on ensuring the rights of PWUD and increasing access to social, health and legal services. A photo campaign was held, and was well attended by stakeholders, including policy makers, representatives from the Ministries of Health, Education, and Justice, key populations and well known TV and music stars. Together with Caritas Albania, a beach event on 26th June was held with banners & information dissemination. Local TV covered the event and many passers-by were engaged.

In Tirana, actions were focused around opioid substitution clinics – providing one on one conversation and counselling on how to raise awareness for PWUD (and other key populations) and their rights. Aksion Plus also launched an online blog inviting young people, their beneficiaries and partners such as Y-peer, YMCA, Youth Voice network to discuss “What would you do about drug user’s rights, if you were the Prime minister”.

Media Coverage:

Shquiptarja, 23 June 2017: Durrës, dita kundër drogës, të rinjtë aksion sensibilizues