City: Tashkent and Tashkent region
Organisations: outreach group for the Global Funds project
An initiative group of outreach workers working on Global Fund projects held a flash mob in support of the “Support. Don’t Punish” campaign in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Four cars with “Support. Don’t Punish” logos set off on a journey to the mountains at 12 pm. The flash mob involved not only Global Fund project staff, but also activists from key populations (co – dependent, dependent and PLHIV) – a total of 20 people. An awareness session on the “Support. Don’t Punish” campaign was held outdoors.
The participants discussed the further strategy of interaction between key communities and non-governmental organisations providing HIV prevention and treatment services. The result was a decision on close cooperation between these organisations. This common work should be mutually beneficial for non-governmental organisations and key populations. One of the main directions of joint activities is fighting against stigma and discrimination of drug users in the society. The self-help group for codependent people living with people who use drugs was also held after the campaign.