Watchdog Role, Advocacy and Promotion of PUD Related services

CoNE promotes the health and human rights of people who use drugs (PUD) through advocacy activities, and monitoring the provision of relevant and high quality services. The organisation also puts strong emphasis on strengthening all the CBOs of the network through capacity building workshops and other related activities with the objective of  improving the participation and involvement of PUD in influencing decision making at the policy level. 

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Network Strengthening

CoNE’s belief is that without a strong PUD led state level network, having the capacity to mobilize more community membership and ability to communicate and negotiate with multiple stakeholders, advocacy and policy initiatives will be a futile exercise. Therefore, CoNE  strives towards strengthening the network with primary emphasis on strengthening the human and technical resource capacity both at the secretariat and member CBO level in addition with mobilization of more CBOs from all over the state.

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Improving Human Rights among PWIDs

Human rights are moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law.They are inalienable fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being.”  Human Rights are “inherent in all human beings” regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status.They are applicable everywhere and at every time in the sense of being universal, and they are egalitarian in the sense of being the same for everyone including PUD.

We at CoNE believe that Human Rights should not be taken away except as a result of due process based on specific circumstances. Our struggle for human rights include freedom from unlawful imprisonment and torture as well as full access to health care services and other related facilities.

CoNE promotes the health and human rights of people who use drugs. The network believes people who use drugs should be treated with dignity and respect both as human beings and as consumer of health and other services. In understanding how CoNE operates, it is important to stress that we do not encourage or promote the use of drugs, we simple recognise the large amount of drug use that is already occurring and believe we have a positive contribution to make and a unique perspective to bring to this important issue facing the community. While we cannot single-handedly address the issues associated with drug use in the society, our involvement in the response is critical.

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Resource Mobilization

CoNE works on resource mobilization from potential donors through the form of project proposal submissions. Local resource mobilization initiatives include CBOs annual membership fees, fund drive from local MLAs and philanthropists, fund drive by charity/ housie/lottery and various other Income generation projects.

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Opioid drug overdose is a common occurrence among people who inject drugs in the state, but due to the absence of official data on Overdose cases, the government has failed to take up measures to address the issue. Naloxone, a life saving drug for overdose management, which was included in the WHO essential medicine list in 1983 still remains unavailable in Healthcare Settings of the state.

Taking grave concern over the Issue, CoNE started advocating for improving access to Naloxone for management of overdose in Health care setting.

Through CoNE’s initiative, various meetings were organized with MACS, NRHM and DHS. A committee comprising experts, medical practitioners, representatives from NGOs and community was formed to develop a Standard Operational Protocol for management of overdose in the state. The government also agreed to buy Naloxone in bulk and make it available in Health care settings.

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