2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Guwahati

Organisations: South Asian Centre for Monitoring Drug Abuse, Addiction and Diversion(SAC-MDAD)

An organised student march from the University and spread the message.

 

 

City: Gangtok

Organisations: Hepatitis Coalition of Sikkim (HepCoS)

Dialogue and panel with members to promote SDP awareness.

 

City: Pune

Organisations: Sahara Centre for Residential Care & Rehabilitation

A rally and street play with dance/talk show around the Pimpri area as a “Day of Fun” will be organised using the campaign name, logo and message on our placards and banners and with all the participants wearing “Support, Don’t Punish T-shirt” logo. The rally, talk show and street play will be conducted in collaboration with other NGOs in Pune. The activities and rally will be recorded on video along with audio. A press release will be also submitted to the media for their publication. The day will end with a candle lit ceremony and a prayer for the recovery of the people and those who have passed away. The aim of the project is: To advocate with authorities to change their perspective on drug policy, and to raise public awareness around the failure of the ‘war on drugs’. Also advocate for the creation of an environment where the drug user community can share their stories on public platform against punishment, discriminating and stigma. Additionally, this event will provide an opportunity to have fun for those who use drugs and community leaders will continue spreading the message of Support, don’t punish! Participants Number:around 60 to 80 people who inject drugs, their partners, family members and social workers from various NGOs.

 

 

City: Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Organisations: India HIV/Aids Alliance

Talk and round-table on health interventions for people who inject drugs, organised in collaboration with the community.

 

 

City: Anjuman

Organisations: Goa drug user network.

Start day at the beach, speaker on SDP, rally that includes police and medical officials and members that walks to the market common spot. Once there, more speakers and a free music show and it will end with a speech on the sea shore.

 

 

 

 

City: New Delhi

Organisations: South Asian Drugs and Addictions Research Centre (SA-DARC) and New Delhi State Legal Services Authority

A high tea event aimed at no-holds barred discussion on drugs, addiction, health and policy! The main activities included discussions ranging from what ails India’s present drug policy to the disconnect that characterises research, policy and practice. The plight of women drug users and the harsh provisions of India’s narcotic laws that continues to criminalize was also discussed.

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Interactive Session on Drugs, Addictions and Policy organised  

2017

Day of Action 2017

In Pune, the Support Don’t Punish Day of Action ran for 4 days! On 25th June, a meeting with women who use drugs centred around gender-specific drug issues, including partner violence, was held. On 26th, a march across the city with SDP banners was organised. Participants included community members, NGO staff members and PWUD. After the march, a sensitisation meeting was held to educate community members on the harms caused by criminalisation of PWUD, attended by police offers and commissioners. On 27th June, a football match was held between local college students, PWUD, PLWHIV and NGO workers, and finally on 28th June the SDP team visited the National Defence Academy cadets and the E-Space building to raise awareness of the SDP campaign messages.

Read the full report here

Elsewhere, colleagues embarked on a 470-kilometre motorcycle tour with public outreach and photoshoots along the Delhi-Rajasthan highway, stopping in Bhiwadi, Alwar and Bhangarh.

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2016

Day of Action 2016

In Pune, Sahara Aalhab planned a rally, a street play and a talk show in Pimpri on 26th June, in collaboration with harm reduction service providers.

The India HIV/AIDS Alliance organised solidarity events to mark the Global Day of Action in New Delhi, where a discussion at India Habitat Centre was organised on 25th June.

Street plays, TV discussions, signature campaigns and state-level meetings were also organised in the Bihar (on 26th and 28th June).

In Uttarakhand on 27th June to promote respect for the human rights of people who use drugs and raise awareness of the harms being caused by criminalisation.

2015

Day of Action 2015

The Indian Drug User Forum (IDUF) organised actions in ten cities across the country: Imphal (Manipur), Aizawl (Mizoram), Jowai (Meghalaya), Siliguri (North Bengal), Gangtok (Sikkim), Kohima (Nagaland) and Delhi metro. This endeavour was implemented in partnership with the SLNs in all the states. The Delhi Drug Users Forum (DDUF) with support from IDUF and the India HIV/AIDS Alliance Harm Reduction team observed a silent march at Jantar Mantar (Parliament) New Delhi followed by a street play. Alliance India coordinated similar activities in Bihar (Patna), Haryana (Rohtak) and Uttarakhand (Haldwani). The India HIV/AIDS Alliance harm reduction team took the lead in organising a moderated panel discussion with Members of Parliament, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, representatives of UNAIDS, UNODC, IDUF and NDDTC AIIMS. For more information, please read the full report of activities.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

The India HIV/AIDS Alliance worked with numerous local NGOs and partners to coordinate rallies and awareness raising activities in Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Patna (Bihar) and Panipat (Haryana) – as well as stakeholder sensitisation activities in Imphal (Manipur) and social media promotion across the country. In New Delhi, UNODC organised a football match between people who use drugs and UN personnel, at which the Support. Don’t Punish message was displayed (the game ended in a draw!). Finally, the Sahara Aalhad Centre organised a rally in Pune (Maharashtra) with their local partners.

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2014

Day of Action 2014

The India HIV/AIDS Alliance worked with numerous local NGOs and partners to coordinate rallies and awareness raising activities in Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), Patna (Bihar) and Panipat (Haryana) – as well as stakeholder sensitisation activities in Imphal (Manipur) and social media promotion across the country. In New Delhi, UNODC organised a football match between people who use drugs and UN personnel, at which the Support. Don’t Punish message was displayed (the game ended in a draw!). Finally, the Sahara Aalhad Centre organised a rally in Pune (Maharashtra) with their local partners.

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2013

Day of Action 2013

India HIV/AIDS Alliance joined the global advocacy campaign Support. Don’t Punish with solidarity actions in Yamuna Bazaar and Jahangirpuri (areas with high density of people who inject drugs) in Delhi in collaboration with Indian Drugs Users Forum (IDUF).

The Day of Action called on governments to put an end to an expensive ‘war on drugs’ that is fuelling HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis epidemics,causing human rights violations and failing to tackle the world’s drug problem. It highlighted that current levels of investment are not enough to fill the gap as there is an emerging need for additional services in the harm reduction package. International donors, UN agencies and governments need to increase funding and direct resources to ensure targeted services for harm reduction and HIV programmes for people who use drugs such as overdose management, hepatitis and explore scale up of opioid substitution therapy (OST) services with methadone.

Also across number of cities in India such as Chennai, Imphal, Longleng and Meghalaya, community-based groups of people who use drugs, like MDUF, organised events in support of the campaign.

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