City: Myitkyina, Kachin State
Organisations: Medecins du Monde, Asia Harm Reduction Network, National Drug Users Network Myanmar-Kachin, Metta Development Foundation and Substance Abuse Research Association
The first part of the day was in the meeting hall of the Drug Dependency Treatment Hospital (DDTH) and most of the participants were health authorities from the National AIDS Program, National Methadone Program, State Health Department, other partner organisations, religious leaders, local CSOs and community members (drug users), community groups and the media. One representative from DDTH discussed drug law reform for section 15 in Myanmar along with how punishments are not effective and supporting drug users is important. A community representative from National Drug Users Network Myanmar-Kachin presented about the issues and concerns facing drug users in Kachin, Myanmar.
The second activity was in the public park with dancing groups as entertainment. MdM distributed the stickers and pamphlets with SDP logo and key messages to the people who came to the park and explained the objectives of the SDP campaign and asked them to share the message and sticker with other people. There was also a final session of personal testimony from family members and drug users who came to the park.