2017

Day of Action 2017

In Jerusalem, the Al-Maqdese for Society Development with the support of Women for Jerusalem organised a Support Don’t Punish communal breakfast during Ramadan. This is part of a treatment centre’s activities aimed at promoting integration of drug users in the community. It was attended by around 50 people, including senior members of Palestinian drug enforcement & police.

For the first time, a group of families of PWUD who have sadly died were present to support them and to educate the drug users present at the breakfast.

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Ramallah / Al-Bireh, the Al-Maqdese for Society Development (MSD) had an Iftar on the occasion for a group of the centre’s beneficiaries.

2016

Support. Don’t Punish 2016: MENA activities

Article originally published on the MENAHRA website

In observation of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on 26 June, the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) coordinated the Support! Don’t Punish campaign throughout the MENA region. More than 100 countries took part in the campaign this year, 10 were from the region (Afghanistan, Bahrian, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates).

On the 26th of June, MENAHRA released animated and still infographics in both English and Arabic.

The Middle East and North Africa Network of/for People who Use Drugs (MENANPUD) have also released statements from across the MENA region.” The aim of this statement is to make the voices of the community members heard.

In Egypt, in the Minya governorate, the “Friends” organization conducted multiple events and activities for the campaign including, meeting with some members of parliament, campaign photos the Egyptian parliament, posted poster supporting the campaign, and the dissemination of awareness material.

Also in Egypt, the EGYPTIAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE (EDHR) conducted a meeting with the Drug Enforcement Administration Directorate of Cairo (DEA) and group of young people in addition to a sport event (football game) for youth.

In Palestine, Al-Maqdese for Society Development (MSD) had an Iftar on the occasion for a group of beneficiaries of the center.

In Lebanon, SIDC Basketball game between two teams: ISF (police) and Beneficiaries In addition to posting posters supporting the campaign, and the dissemination of awareness material.

Also in Lebanon, Skoun, Lebanese Addictions Center in partnership with Legal Agenda hosted a panel focusing on the Lebanese national drug policy.

In Morocco, a football match between doctors and beneficiaries was held in ‪‎Tetouan‬. In addition to posting posters supporting the campaign.

Various activists and decision makers from the MENA region also took part in the campaign by posting pictures and supportive messages on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

2014

Day of Action 2014

In East Jerusalem, the Old City Counseling Center (OCCC) and MENAHRA organised a march and other events for the Global Day of Action. A procession started at Bab al-Amud (the Damascus Gate), and was an opportunity to raise awareness and support for the emerging methadone programme in the country.