2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Skopje

Organisations: Hops

Several activities took place as part of this year’s “Support. Don’t Punish” campaign in Macedonia, among which central was a Public debate on recreational drug use and harm reduction.

In preparation for the debate, informational flyers were prepared; containing information on most commonly used drugs in Macedonia in recreational settings, as well as advises on harm reduction and rights. An event page was created and promoted on Facebook, and the event was announced via the media.

The Public debate took place on 26 June 2018. Dr. Davor Smilanov (HOPS’s collaborator) moderated the debate, while the discussion panel was composed of Dr. Darko Kostovski (psychiatrist), Ivana Dragshich (sociologist and activist) and Dragana Drndarevska (lawyer and activist). Around 50 people attended the event. They had the chance to purchase t-shirts and bags prepared by the HOPS’s creative workshop, the funds from which were donated back to the workshop towards its sustainability. In addition, the debate was streamed live (and later posted) on HOPS’s page, reaching about 1.200 views. The conclusions from the debate were shared via HOPS’s communication channels, with special focus on laws and practices that criminalize drug use and their adverse effect on individual rights, health and other aspects of living.

The campaign concluded during D-Fest (music festival that took place 6-8 July 2018), where HOPS’s team had an informational stand, organised educational workshops and hosted creative workshops, all with the purpose to inform attendants about effects of different drugs, strategies for harm reduction, as well as individual rights.

2017

Day of Action 2017

HOPS and the Sustainability Platform for HIV Awareness Programs held a press conference for the need of providing financial resources and the continuation of HIV prevention and harm reduction programmes. The new Minister of Health was in attendance and stated that the Ministry will support the programmes. The week preceding, a journal article call asked for submissions on the topic of sustainability and harm reduction and an online petition was published to support harm reduction & HIV prevention. Almost 1000 signatures were recorded and the petition will be presented to the Ministry of Health in the near future.

2015

Day of Action 2015

Healthy Options Project Skopje (HOPS), with support from 16 organisations from 7 cities, launched five videos focusing on drug dependence treatment for youth, and held a press conference in Skopje. In Ohrid, HOPS was part of a local TV programme, and held a summer school on drug policy.

Media Coverage

2014

Day of Action 2014

Healthy Options Project Skopje (HOPS) held a press conference and public event to discuss the treatment of young people who use drugs in the Macedonia. The conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the World Health Organisation and several other NGOs and local partners.

2014

Day of Action 2014

 

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Healthy Options Project Skopje (HOPS) held a press conference and public event to discuss the treatment of young people who use drugs in the Macedonia. The conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the World Health Organisation and several other NGOs and local partners.

2013

Day of Action 2013

The HOPS Summer School for Addiction organised a day on drug policy in Macedonia. 20 young people who were attending one of the School’s seminars gathered wearing “Support. Don’t Punish” T-shirts and Richard Nixon masks (emblematic of the war on drugs) to promote the campaign in public squares and distribute flyers on the campaign.

Media coverage in Macedonia