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NEW LINK
1. The Horizon (OTH), an electronic news capsule from the Horizons Program

RESOURCES
2. Fifty Best Documents Collection on Policing and Harm Reduction (Illicit Drugs)
3. Best practice for care of patients with TB: a guide for low-income countries Stop TB
4. International drugs policies: future prospects and possibilities
5. With Child Substance Use During Pregnancy: A Woman-Centred Approach
6. ICW Vision Paper - 'HIV Positive Women and Drug and Alcohol Use'
7. Methamphetamine Dependence and Treatment
8. Mentor UK outline European proposal – supporting grandparent and other kinship carers to protect their children from the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol misuse
9. New addictions resource for professionals and researchers across Europe launched online
10. Risk factors in adolescent drug use: evidence from school surveys and application in policy
11. Towards a new blueprint for alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services – a discussion paper
12. Inquiry into the manufacture, importation and use of amphetamines and other synthetic drugs (AOSD) in Australia

RESOURCES AT http://www.ahrn.net
13. HIV/AIDS and Custodial Settings in South East Asia
14. HIV Prevention in Basic Education:The Heart of a Community-based AIDS Response in Francophone Africa
15. XDR-TB:extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

EVENTS
16. Satellite Training/Educational Session on HIV/AIDS in Prison Settings (13 May, Warsaw, Poland)
17. INPUD: 2th Congress of The International Network Of People Who Use Drugs (13 May 2007, Warsaw, Poland)
18. Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) (30 July – 03 August 2007, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
19. Eighteenth International South Asian Fund Raising Workshop (18th SAFRW) (22-25 August 2007, Agra)
20. 4th IACM Conference on Cannabinoids and Medicine (5-6 October 2007, Cologne)

VACANCIES
21. AIDS 2008 Mexico City (Mexico) - Local Outreach Officer (Apply by 11 May 2007) 
22. AusAID: Call for tender for the HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program - Burma Country Flexible Program (Apply by 5 June 2007)
23. Drug and Alcohol counsellor
24. INHOUSE: Program Officer

NEW LINK
1. The Horizon (OTH), an electronic news capsule from the Horizons Program
Horizons Program: Should voluntary counseling and testing counselors address alcohol use with clients?

Welcome to On the Horizon (OTH), an electronic news capsule from the Horizons Program that features brief descriptions of Horizons publications and events, along with links for more information.

Should voluntary counseling and testing counselors address alcohol use with clients? Findings from an operations research study in Kenya A Horizons study shows that many clients are affected by alcohol as a result of their own or their partners' drinking; therefore, VCT providers have an important role to play in discussing alcohol use with clients and in making referrals as appropriate. But the study also shows that VCT providers frequently miss the opportunity to discuss alcohol use in the context of HIV.

Research Update: http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/horizons/kevctalcoholru.pdf

Horizons is a global operations research initiative designed to: 1) identify and test strategies to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care programs; and 2) disseminate research findings and promote their utilization with the aim of replicating and scaling up successful interventions.

Horizons is implemented by the Population Council in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, PATH, Tulane University, Family Health International, and Johns Hopkins University. These studies and articles are made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The contents are the responsibility of the Horizons Program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States

RESOURCE

2. Fifty Best Documents Collection on Policing and Harm Reduction (Illicit Drugs)
The International Harm Reduction Association is pleased to announce the launch of the “50 Best Documents Collection on Policing and Harm Reduction (Illicit Drugs)”, which is now available at:

www.ihra.net/Policing

For as long as street drugs remain illegal, the police will always have a massive impact on drug-related harm - as a result of both drug-related acquisitive crime and the criminalisation of drug use itself. Therefore, they have a key role to play in the harm reduction around the world. To acknowledge this role, the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) have identified the best documents which describe the part that the police can play in harm reduction best and worst practice.

This is the third in a series of “50 Best Collections” for the IHRA website (the others being “Tobacco Harm Reduction” and “HIV Prevention and Care for Injecting Drug Users” – both of which are available at http://www.ihra.net/50BestCollectionsOverview). Please take the time to explore this new resource (and the website in general) and let us know what you think. We hope that you find this collection useful and interesting.

3. Best practice for care of patients with TB: a guide for low-income countries Stop TB
Authors(s): Gini Williams, Edith Alarcon, Sirinapha Jittimanee, MariamWalusimbi, Maruschka Sebek, Evita Berga, Tereza Scatena Villa
Publisher: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

This manual illustrates the practical aspects of patient care from onset of symptoms to treatment completion. Mainly based on field-gathered evidence, it aims to give health-care workers the tools to provide the highest quality of care.

Online at: http://www.iuatld.org/upload/home_news/best_practice_guide_v6_uk_240.pdf

4. International drugs policies: future prospects and possibilities
In co-operation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Government of Canada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Netherlands and the Open Society Institute.
Report on Wilton Park Conference WP838
HOW CAN INTERNATIONAL DRUGS POLICIES SUCCEED?

Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 February 2007
The 10-year review period proposed at the United Nations Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in June 1998 reaches its conclusion in 2008. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) began formal discussion of the options for the review procedure at the start of its 49th session in 2006. However, progress so far has been limited due to a lack of consensus on the substantive components of the review: should it, for example, focus solely on the measures contained in the 1998 UNGASS Political Declaration, as favoured by a number of EU member states? As a result of political dialogue around the CND process, some of it in the margins of the core session, three main options have emerged. First, adhere to the 1998 timetable and ensure that the review is completed in 2008, recognising that variations in data collection methods would most likely result in an incomplete dataset at this time. Second, undertake the review in 2009 to ensure that a full ten-year cycle of data is available. A third and final option envisages the presentation of interim analysis to the 51st session of CND in 2008 followed by a period of further analysis to assess options and add new data, culminating in an intergovernmental ministerial conference in 2009 to finalise a course of action…. http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/emailfunctions/notification.aspx

5. With Child Substance Use During Pregnancy: A Woman-Centred Approach
Susan C. Boyd (Victoria, British Columbia) and Lenora Marcellus, (Alberta), eds.

Although drug use occurs throughout the social spectrum, problematic use is associated with poverty and social deprivation.  In spite of this link, women are blamed for the outcomes of their pregnancies, and it is argued that drug-using women should not be allowed to have custody of their children.  The contributors of this volume propose that those who provide services for pregnant drug-using women must recognize that women with social problems that affect pregnancy outcomes should be approached in the same way as are women with medical problems that have obstetric consequences.  Drugs are one factor amongst many that shape pregnancy, and, although drug use is a risk, it is a manageable one.

This book is unique and timely.  It provides practitioners and researchers with valuable information about maternal drug use, harm reduction, best practices and policy.  It will provide a groundbreaking critical and feminist template for organizations in a wide range of fields such as nursing, social work, medicine, public health, health, child development, and addictions.

Contents
Preface: Drug Use and Parenting   Mary Hepburn 

Part One - Making Sense of Theory
Introduction: The Journey to Comprehensive Care   Susan Boyd
• Drug Scares and Practice: Socio-Historical Considerations   Susan Boyd
• Using Feminist Ethics to Inform Practice with Pregnant Women Who Use Substances Lenora   Marcellus
• Outcomes for Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs and Alcohol: A Social Determinant of Health Approach   Lenora Marcellus and Kimberly Kerns

Part Two- Innovative Waman-Centred Practice
Caring not Curing: Caring for Pregnant Women with Problematic Substance Use in an Acute Care Setting   Sarah Payne
• One Woman at a Time: Bringing the FIR Square Model of Practice to a Community Hospital   Alice Forsyth, Dawn Pomponio and Laurie Robinson
• “Make It More Welcome”: Best Practice Child Welfare Work With Substance-Using Mothers   Sydney Weaver
• Breaking the Cycle: An Essay in Three Voices   Margaret Leslie, Gina De Marchi and Mary Motz

Part Three - Future Directions
Knowing About Women, Children and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: What Knowledge and Whose Caring Counts?   Carolyn Schellenberg
• Harm Reduction in Action: Future Directions   Susan Boyd and Lenora Marcellus

Susan Boyd is Associate Professor in Studies in Policy and Practice and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia., University of Victoria. 
Lenora Marcellus has practiced nursing for over 20 years in acute care and community maternal-infant settings.  She has most recently practiced as a consultant with the British Columbia Ministry of Child and Family Development where she developed the Safe Babies project.
136pp    ISBN: 978-1-55266-218-2    $17.95

Available in Canada from
Fernwood Books Ltd.
P O Box 1981
Peterborough, Ontario   K9J 7X7
Phone 705.743.8990
Fax 705.743.8353
customerservice@broadviewpress.com

 In the USA, order from
Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL   60610
Phone 1.800.888.4741
Fax 312.337.5985
orders@ipgbook.com

Also available at your local independent bookstore or order online from www.rabble.ca/bookstore.

6. ICW Vision Paper - 'HIV Positive Women and Drug and Alcohol Use'
Vision Paper 6 highlights the research conducted for Silent Voices, a unique participatory project carried out by and for HIV positive women on the experiences of HIV positive drug/alcohol using women living in  London, UK. The project aimed to address the current lack of support and information available for HIV positive women who also use drugs and alcohol. In order to find out what services the women needed, ICW explored relationships, employment, motherhood, available services,  and barriers to access.

The project also aimed to create links among HIV positive female drug users with the help of local partner organisations, to collate information on current policies and practice, and to develop advocacy tools around reproductive health rights, access to care, treatment  and support, and prevention.

Using a participatory approach, focus groups and individual interviews were conducted by HIV positive women, the majority of whom are ex-injecting drug users, with HIV positive women who are (or were) also users.

See the result at - http://www.icw.org/node/265.

7. Methamphetamine Dependence and Treatment
The series has been produced in response to the need for quality, standardised and broad-based resources for use in day-to-day client care. Methamphetamines are the second most commonly used illicit drug by Australians after cannabis. With an increase in the availability of methamphetamine and the use of more potent forms such as 'crystal meth' or 'ice', clinicians are now required to manage a range of complex presentations that include methamphetamine dependence, polydrug use, mental health symptoms and sometimes acute behavioural disturbances such as psychosis and aggression.

Counselling, withdrawal and pharmacotherapy options for methamphetamine users are not as readily available as heroin or alcohol treatment methods and with no standard pharmacotherapy in place for the management of methamphetamine withdrawal, clients may be less inclined to seek help or access services.

Practice guidelines for clinicians contained within Methamphetamine Dependence and Treatment include a set of useful tools to address acutepresentations as well as dependence and harms. Worksheets for the clinician and the client have also been developed to help monitor drug use, improve decision-making and problem solving skills and plan for relapse prevention.

While Methamphetamine Dependence & Treatment is a valuable resource in its own right, current drug treatment practice utilises multiple interventions. As a result, and reflecting the holistic approach to working with people with drug problems, these guidelines should be used in conjunction with other publications in the Clinical Treatment Guidelines series.

 This publication is available as a free download from the Department of Human Services website at: www.health.vic.gov.au/drugservices/pubs/index.htm or the Turning Point website at:? http://www.turningpoint.org.au/library/lib_ctgs.html

8. Mentor UK outline European proposal – supporting grandparent and other kinship carers to protect their children from the damaging effects of drugs and alcohol misuse

Mentor UK is a registered UK charity which works in conjunction with its partners in the international Mentor family. Mentor seeks to undertake, identify, support and share information on effective and promising practices that will protect children and young people from the harm that drugs can cause and that will make misuse less likely.

For the past two years, with funding from the UK Department of Health, Mentor has been working with two other UK charities and in partnership with grandparents who are bringing up their children so that they can help protect their grandchildren from developing problems with drugs and alcohol. A resource pack has been produced and was launched at the House of Lords in London & regionally disseminated around England in March 2007. The pack includes:

Training materials

A DVD where grandparents in this situation tell their real-life stories
Policy recommendations
An information leaflet for grandparents
A directory of local support services
A service assessment tool for statutory and voluntary service providers
A checklist for volunteer family groups

 Using the learning from this project, Mentor UK now wants to set up a European project which will include research to assess needs, development of appropriate materials and the establishment of support networks for grandparents and other kinship carers within countries, across Europe and using the web.

 The project will work across 12 European countries. Partner countries that we have thus far include: Lithuania, UK, Italy and Turkey. We wish to extend this to eight other countries within the European Union.

 Partner agencies will include NGOs providing family support services and drugs and alcohol agencies.

 1st 18 months
Establish international core planning team
Research needs in each country
Identify families in this situation to support the project
Conduct interviews and focus groups with grandparent carers
Conduct fieldwork to set up network – web based and real

2nd 18 months
Adaptation/translation of UK materials, piloting and revision
Establishment of network across and within countries which will continue after the project finishes
Disseminate materials and learning from the project

Project Manager
Eric Carlin, Chief Executive, Mentor UK, 4th Floor, 74 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3JG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 2077398494 and +44 2081339354
Fax:+44 2077395616
Email: ec@mentoruk.org                       Web: www.mentorfoundation.org/uk

 9. New addictions resource for professionals and researchers across Europe launched online
Today sees the launch of a new European information service on alcohol, drugs and addictions. The Elisad Gateway, supported by the European Commission, provides users with a searchable catalogue of web-based information resources on these subjects. 

The Elisad Gateway can be found at www.addictionsinfo.eu. The portal offers users free access to approximately 1 000 high-quality internet sources on alcohol, drugs and addictions from 35 European countries and is searchable          in 17 European languages. Visitors to the site can search for information on education and prevention, treatment, policy and research, find resources in their own countries or abroad and identify other European organisations of interest. 

The Gateway project, operating since 2002, has been developed with 24 specialist documentation centres and partner organisations within the Elisad network and all catalogued resources have been selected and evaluated by subject specialists. The result of a highly successful cross-Europe collaborative project, it is hoped that the Elisad online platform will facilitate contact between European professionals working in the field of drugs and addictions.

The project has been managed by Toxibase (France), and coordinated by Archido, a drug information service locate at the University of Bremen (Germany).

Elisad is the European association of Libraries and Information Services on Alcohol and other Drugs (www.elisad.eu/). The Elisad Gateway project aims to develop a comprehensive information service, providing access to web-based resources on alcohol, drugs and addictions within a searchable catalogue.

All data and descriptions can be searched by topics including policy, research, prevention and treatment. The Elisad portal reflects drug-related activities and information from across disciplines in science, practice and policy.

The quality and consistency of this information service is ensured by methodical guidelines, and with the supervision of the Emcdda (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). The catalogue content is sustained and updated by specialised libraries on drugs from 27 European countries.

Catalina Iliuta 
Program and Development Director
Central and Eastern European Harm Reduction Network 
Address: Pamenkalnio 19-6, 01114 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 (5) 269 1600, 260 9007 
Fax +370 (5) 269 1601 
Cell +370 68 551 553 
Email catalina@ceehrn.org, http://www.ceehrn.org

NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Elisad is the European association of Libraries and Information Services on Alcohol and other Drugs (www.elisad.eu/). The Elisad Gateway project aims to develop a comprehensive information service, providing access to web-based resources on alcohol, drugs and addictions within a searchable catalogue.

All data and descriptions can be searched by topics including policy, research, prevention and treatment. The Elisad portal reflects drug-related activities and information from across disciplines in science, practice and policy.

The quality and consistency of this information service is ensured by methodical guidelines, and with the supervision of the Emcdda (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). The catalogue content is sustained and updated by specialised libraries on drugs from 27 European countries.

10. Risk factors in adolescent drug use: evidence from school surveys and application in policy
What are the risk factors in adolescent drug use? Can any reply be found in the school surveys and could this evidence be applied in policy? It is to these questions that the authors, Richard Muscat, coordinator of the Pompidou Group Research Platform, Thoroddur Bjarnasson, Patrick Peretti-Wattel, sociologists and Francois Beck, a statistician and sociologist, attempt to reply. They first compile the needs of political decision makers and then use the ESPAD (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs) survey as a vehicle to conduct a more in-depth analysis of the risk factors for substance use in Iceland, France and Malta. Finally, the use of ESPAD data in science, the media and in public policyis tackled from the French experience.

Council of Europe Publishing
Palais de l'Europe, 67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France
E-mail : publishing@coe.int
Visit our site : http://book.coe.int
Tel. : +33 (0)3 88 41 25 81
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 41 39 10

11. Towards a new blueprint for alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services – a discussion paper
Victorian Government Department for Human Services

This paper outlines plans for responding more effectively to the needs of Victorians who have alcohol and other drug problems over the next five years and into the future.
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/drugservices/downloads/blueprintdisc.pdf

12. Inquiry into the manufacture, importation and use of amphetamines and other synthetic drugs (AOSD) in Australia

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission
The Committee has reported on the manufacture, importation and use of Amphetamines and Other Synthetic Drugs (AOSD) in Australia. In particular:
a. Trends in the production and consumption of AOSD in Australia and overseas.
b. Strategies to reduce the AOSD market in Australia.
c. The extent and nature of organised crime involvement.
d. The nature of Australian law enforcement response.
e. The adequacy of existing legislation and administrative arrangements between Commonwealth and State agencies in addressing the importation, manufacture, and distribution of AOSDs, precursor chemicals and equipment used in their manufacture.
f. An assessment of the adequacy of the response by Australian law enforcement agencies, including the ACC.
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/acc_ctte/aosd/report/report.pdf

RESOURCES AT http://www.ahrn.net

13. HIV/AIDS and Custodial Settings in South East Asia
A
n electronic version of the publication: HIV/AIDS and Custodial Settings in South East Asia, an exploratory review into the issue of HIV/AIDS and custodial settings in Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. This is an internal document that has come out of two projects run by the UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific. It will also be available through the UNODC Regional Centre
website www.unodc.un.or.th
Click to download the document: http://www.ahrn.net/index.php?option=com_library_display&AlbumID=2593&task=show
If you are not AHRN member, click here to register

14. HIV Prevention in Basic Education:The Heart of a Community-based AIDS Response in Francophone Africa
HIV/AIDS-education-prevention(32 pages) from GTZ

Click to download the document: http://www.ahrn.net/index.php?option=com_library_display&AlbumID=2592&task=show
If you are not AHRN member, click here to register

15. XDR-TB:extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis
The board of UNITAID, the new drug funding mechanism, is to release an initial US$ 20 million
for second line anti-TB drugs to projects approved by the Green Light Committee in mainly
low-income countries. The decision will help scale up high-quality control of multidrug-resistant
TB (MDR-TB) as outlined in The Global Plan to Stop TB, 2006–2015 and save the lives of
many vulnerable patients infected with drug-resistant TB. Furthermore, board members have
endorsed the WHO drug prequalification process to ensure that patients benefit from drugs of
a high standard. They have also agreed to consider supporting the purchase of MDR-TB diagnostic kits.
http://www.ahrn.net/index.php?option=com_library_display&AlbumID=2591&task=show
If you are not AHRN member, click here to register

EVENTS
16. Satellite Training/Educational Session on HIV/AIDS in Prison Settings (13 May, Warsaw, Poland)
Event organized by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, International Centre for Advancement of Addiction Treatment (ICAAT), Open Society Institute (OSI), AIDS Foundation East – West (AFEW), and European Network on Drugs and Infectious Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP).

13th May from 08.00 to 15.30 in the Ruby Room, Gromada Conference Centre1, Warsaw, Poland

Dear colleague,

Issues related to HIV/AIDS in prisons will be one of the major areas of focus of the 2007 International Conference on Reduction of Drug Related Harm. One plenary session, one major session, and one concurrent session will be devoted to these issues. However, people working on, or with an interest in HIV/AIDS in prisons, have identified the need for a more in-depth training on several of the key challenges related to HIV/AIDS in prison settings, including drug dependence treatment, provision of anti-retroviral treatment, establishment of needle and syringe programs, overdose prevention in prisons and upon release, and prevention of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

To address and discuss these issues, the AIDS Foundation East-West, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the European Network on Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prison (ENDIPP), the International Centre for Advancement of Addiction Treatment (ICAAT) and the International Harm Reduction Development Program (OSI) are organizing a Satellite Training/Educational Session on HIV/AIDS in Prison Settings

This Satellite will be held on 13th May from 08.00 to 15.30 in the Ruby Room, Gromada Conference Centre1, Warsaw, Poland.

This one-day training, which is open to all IHRA Conference participants with an interest in this area, will provide participants with in-depth information on these issues, a chance to discuss ways in which barriers to establishment of best practice can be overcome, and extensive networking opportunities. Extensive printed background materials will be available in English and Russian.

The draft agenda for the Satellite is attached. Simultaneous Russian interpretation will be provided, and lunch will be served for all satellite participants in the Gromada restaurant.

Registration
As the room capacity is limited, we would be grateful if you could register your interest to attend this Satellite as early as possible to allow us to reserve a place for you.

To register, please send an email as soon as possible, and no later than 12 April, to Taslim Madhani at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (tmadhani@aidslaw.ca)

- letting her know that you will be attending the HIV/AIDS in prisons satellite on May 13th
- providing your name, affiliation, full mailing address, e-mail address, and
- indicating any special needs (such as a vegetarian meal) you may have.

Please note that we will be able to provide free lunch, a kit with background materials, and the participants’ list only to people who have registered in advance.

We look forward to seeing you in Warsaw!

Ralf Jurgens
On behalf of the organisers
Satellite on HIV/AIDS in prison settings
Sunday, 13 May 2007
08.30 – 15.30
VENUE: Ruby Room,
Gromada Conference Centre,
Warsaw
|
Objectives
1. Networking/information exchange between participants
2. Education/skills-building on HIV prevention, drug dependence treatment, overdose prevention, and provision of anti-retroviral treatment in prisons

Short description
Issues related to HIV/AIDS in prisons will be one of the major areas of focus of the 2007 International Conference on Reduction of Drug Related Harm. One plenary session, one major session, and one concurrent session will be devoted to these issues. However, people working on, or with an interest in HIV/AIDS in prisons, have identified the need for a more in-depth training on several of the key challenges related to HIV/AIDS in prison settings, including drug dependence treatment, provision of anti-retroviral treatment, establishment of needle and syringe programs, overdose prevention in prisons and upon release, and prevention of rape and other forms of sexual violence.  This one-day training will provide participants with in-depth information on these issues, a chance to discuss ways in which barriers to establishment of best practice can be overcome, and extensive networking opportunities. Extensive printed background materials will be available in English and Russian.

To download agenda, please click: http://www.ahrn.net/agenda.pdf

17. INPUD: 2th Congress of The International Network Of People Who Use Drugs (13 May 2007, Warsaw, Poland)

The International Network Of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD)

The program of the 2th Congress of The International Network Of People Who Use Drugs which will take place on Sunday 13 May in the IHRC conference ally in The Gromada Hotel in Warsaw Poland is already launched.

Please following the link: http://www.inpud.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=31

18. Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) (30 July – 03 August 2007, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Everything you need to know about Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) … for $650!

Successful programs and projects are built on a foundation of solid research. Without research, even the most well-intentioned programs will fail. This is particularly the case with programs and projects addressing culturally and socially sensitive topics like drug use and HIV, and involving often hidden populations such as people who use drugs.

Ensure that your drug use and HIV programs and projects are culturally, socially, politically, and resource appropriate to the specific environment by participating in the Asian Harm Reduction Network’s technical capacity building short course:

Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR)

30 July – 03 August 2007
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
understand the theory and rationale of RAR with regards the issues of drug use and HIV;
explain the various methodologies used in RAR;
design a RAR in a complex setting;
conduct a RAR including the epidemiology, analysis of data and writing of recommendations;
apply the findings of a RAR to policy level, both in terms of funding activities and public health advocacy;
utilise findings from a RAR to improve program delivery;
train other people in your organisation about RAR; and
apply the RAR theory to other complex public health issues;
enjoy support from course facilitators and participants via AHRN’s RAR Support e-list.

This Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) specialised capacity building workshop is your best opportunity to grow and to learn all the knowledge and skills required to be able to successfully conduct RAR in your own city-specific or country-specific situation.

This highly interactive and practical short course will explore the relationship between ‘rapid assessment’ and ‘response’; the background of individual and public health issues associated with both injecting drug use and non-injecting drug use; principles of RAR; response and intervention design; community participation and advocacy; organising a RAR; and methodology (existing information, sampling, interviews, focus groups, observation, research skills, and basic estimation epidemiology).

The RAR short course is ideal for all individuals whose duties primarily revolve around the interface of drug use and HIV. Although the RAR short course is especially relevant to those people who wish to assess, within a city or region, the current situation regarding drug use and HIV, and who wish to use such information to develop interventions to reduce the adverse health consequences of drug use, it is also highly relevant for medical professionals, government health and law enforcement policy makers and officials, management and staff of drug treatment facilities, management and staff of NGO health and social care programs (including outreach workers and team leaders, and social workers), drug user representatives, community leaders and planning groups, and representatives from religious groups, among others.

The RAR short course will be facilitated by Nicholas Thomson (Johns Hopkins University / Chiang Mai University’s Research Institute for Health Science, and PhD Fellow), Siddharth Singh (AHRN Myanmar), Paul Hardacre and Joy Ganguly (AHRN Thailand Secretariat), who will outline both theoretical and ‘real-world’ examples of successful RAR from Asia and elsewhere.

Registration fee for this five-day RAR short course is USD$650 which includes tuition, reading materials, morning and afternoon tea and lunch served daily.* Deadline for registration is 16 July 2007.

Make sure that your program or intervention project is a success by becoming skilled in RAR.

For more information, including language requirements, registration form, accommodation packages, payment methods, visa requirements, and an AHRN Capacity Statement, email us today at training@ahrn.net


Asian Harm Reduction Network
www.ahrn.net


* * Travel, visa costs, relevant personal insurances, accommodation, bank transfer fees (if relevant), and other expenses are not included in the USD$650 course fee, and must be covered at the participant’s expense. Due to the already very low fee for the short course, AHRN cannot offer early bird discounts, scholarships or other financial assistance to applicants. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact all relevant national and regional donor agencies to explore funding support possibilities.

19. Eighteenth International South Asian Fund Raising Workshop (18th SAFRW)

18th International South Asian Fundraising Workshop ( 18th SAFRW) 22 to 25 AUGUST, Agra, "Building Relationships for Sustainability-2" (Supported by Resource Alliance, UK & PAIMAN, Islamabad)

With the tremendous success of 17th SAFRW and in keeping with our promise of giving you 'The State of the Art Fundraising Capacity Building Facility' SAFRG brings you yet another excellent opportunity to learn, educate, inspire and motivate Fundraisers. SAFRW is becoming a leading forum for training in fundraising and local resource mobilisation where all come together to develop new approaches to important issues. It is an excellent and effective learning platform of its kind.

18th International South Asian Fundraising Workshop will be held at Jaypee Palace, Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra , from 22 to 25 August 2007. Leaders and fundraisers from over 350 non-profit organisations from all over Asia will attend and learn how to increase support for the causes they represent. The theme "Building Relationships for Sustainability-2" is most timely and appropriate.

Over the last decade, civil society has grown at a rapid pace to meet the needs of society. Increasing very fast too is the enormous potential of support possible. But majority of CSOs are still financially weak and lack skills and professional training in how to raise this support. Resources can be accessed through a strategy, a simple plan and trained staff. Therein lies the importance of this workshop. SAFRG believes that only systematic and quality information sharing and training for staff can bring in adequate funds, for all-round development and ultimately success of NGOs.

With an established regional reputation SAFRW, is uniquely the key forum for both training and development of local resource mobilization.

18th SAFRW is an opportunity not to be missed.
" Learn from leading experts from around the world
" Plenary by Tony Elischer & Tony Myers
" Master classes by practicing experts
" Choose from around 36 cutting edge sessions
" Benefit from worldwide practical case studies
" Network with delegates from all over South Asia
" An all-inclusive booking fee

Who should attend?
" CEOs, Trustees and Board Members
" Executive Directors
" Directors of Fundraising/Communications/Development
" Representatives of Hospitals, Universities, Private/Public Schools/
Institutions
" Representatives of Foundations/Trusts and Funding organisations
" Fundraisers and Volunteers
Speakers. The strong speaker line-up will feature over 20 of the world's leading fundraising experts. Highlights include: Tony Elischer, Simon Collings, Michael Westerman, Julian Marland-all UK, George Taylor-USA, Tony Myers-Canada, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi-Africa, Barbara Ward, Joe Barrett-Australia, Amita Puri, Murray Culshaw, Bharati Ramachandran, Sohini Bhattacharya, Joseph Scaria, Amita Puri,Surat Sandhu, Mathan Varkey, Nidhi Raj Kapoor and many others.

The speakers will educate, motivate, inspire, energise and engage participants who will discover new ideas and best practice in resource mobilisation from around the world but fully relevant to our
environment.

Masterclasses. For the first time and on popular demand there will be three Masterclasses, by experts on the subjects, on 22 August (1 PM to 7 PM) where in CEOs, Fundraising Directors and Senior Fundraisers will get a very good insight to some of Fundraisings major challenges
and solutions to the same.

What you will learn. The programme will feature case studies and presentations from a wide range of practitioners who will be detailing their experiences of leveraging resources from all sources possible. It includes a wide spectrum of topics ranging from:

o Concepts & techniques, with emphasis on how to apply these:
o Practical sessions looking at how to raise support from individuals:
o How to build mutually rewarding relationships with individuals and the corporate sector:
o How to secure grants from philanthropic foundations:
o There will a two-part mini-course on how CSOs can start Direct Mail, Pay Roll Giving and Corporate Fundraising in their organizations:
o An interesting feature will be sessions on earning income through small enterprise initiatives.

Booking information is available online at www.safrg.org. If there are any further queries on the Workshop or would like to request a brochure, please contact SAFRG directly either by email: ceo@safrg.org or surat21@gmail.com or by telephone: 91-11 26132024 or 9810139447 & FAX 011- 2613 2086.

Registration forms can be photocopied or downloaded from website www.safrg.org

20. 4th IACM Conference on Cannabinoids and Medicine (5-6 October 2007, Cologne)
The International Association for Cannabis as Medicine in cooperation with the Institute for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Cologne would like to invite you to the 2007 Meeting of the IACM on October 5-6, 2007 at the Holiday Inn, Cologne.
Conference Place

Holiday Inn
Dürener Strasse 287
50935 Cologne, Germany
Phone ++49-221 4 67 60
Fax ++49-221 43 37 65
Website
Email

Conference Office

International Association for Cannabis as Medicine (IACM)
Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen
Rueckertstrasse 4
53819 Neunkirchen
Germany
Phone: +49-2247-968083
Fax: +49-2247-9159223
Website
Email

Scientific Committee
Franjo Grotenhermen
Markus Leweke
Raphael Mechoulam
Ricardo Navarrete-Varo
Roger Pertwee
Ethan Russo

VACANCIES
21. AIDS 2008 Mexico City (Mexico) - Local Outreach Officer (Apply by 11 May 2007) 
Full-time contract - July 2007 - Sept 2008  
 
Background 
The XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) will be held from 3 to 8 August 2008 at the Banamex Convention Centre in Mexico City. The event will bring together the world's foremost researchers, health-care workers, civil society, policy makers, activists, people living with HIV/AIDS and donors, to share current knowledge on a full spectrum of issues about the global epidemic. With more than 2,500 international journalists expected to attend, the conference is the single most widely covered health event in the world.

The conference is convened by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the world's leading membership organization representing professionals working in HIV/AIDS. It is organized in partnership with a number of international bodies and local partners, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and civil society organizations. 
 
Based in Mexico City and reporting to the Communications Manager and Project Manager for Programme Activities - the Local Outreach Officer will: 
 
- Help plan, coordinate and implement the Global Village, Outreach and Cultural Activities for the conference, and special events, with local participation 
- Develop and support effective working relations with stakeholders and partner organizations, including groups from diverse and affected communities, in the development and delivery of these activities 
- Coordinate and support the work of the Global Village, Outreach and Cultural working groups 
- Be the key contact for programme activities and communications, respond to inquiries, follow-up with applicants 
- Assist with marketing and promotion, work collaboratively with local and international planning committees, the IAS and co-organizers, in particular the Community Programme Committee 
- Do outreach to stakeholder groups from diverse and affected communities, including communications with groups and individuals seeking involvement in AIDS 2008 
- Support and advise local representatives on international planning committees 
- Develop activity work plans; prepare documents such as progress reports and help prepare funding proposals  
 
Qualifications 
The Coordinator will have: 
 
- Two to three years' experience in a non-profit, preferably community-based or cultural organization 
- Experience in programme planning, development and delivery experience 
- Excellent organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and team skills 
- Experience working collaboratively with multi-sector stakeholders and diverse communities 
- Good communication skills, including speaking, writing and presenting in English; experience working with news media  
- Ability to speak English and Spanish fluently 
- Good understanding of HIV/AIDS and related international development issues  
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines under pressure in an intense, complex, multi-stakeholder environment  
- Experience working with and supporting volunteers and committees; group and process facilitation skills  
- Experience in the coordination and planning of conference events   
- Experience with International AIDS Conferences (IACs) would be an asset 
- Computer skills in various software applications   
- Able to work a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends, increasing near and during the conference   
- Experience with media liaison   
- Experience in organising a significant community/special event and/or conference event, preferably at an international level  
- Experience working with communities affected by HIV/AIDS, preferably at an international level  
  
All applications should be written in English and include i. A CV and ii. A cover letter (no more than one page) explaining how your experience, education and training have prepared you for the position. Please send your
application by email to recruitment@iasociety.org by Friday 11 May, 2007.  
  
The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with
HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.  

22. AusAID: Call for tender for the HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program - Burma Country Flexible Program (Apply by 5 June 2007)

AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development, manages the Australian Government’s official overseas aid program. AusAID assists developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest.  AusAID is looking for a contractor to undertake the following development program in Burma:

- HIV/AIDS Asia Regional Program (HAARP) – Burma Country Flexible Program
The Australian funded HAARP is a world leading and dynamic regional Program designed to reduce the spread of HIV associated with injecting drug use among men and women in six countries (Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and the Philippines).

HAARP comprises of a Program Director and a Regional Technical and Coordination Unit (RTCU) based in Bangkok, which is the central coordinating and managing body of the Program.  The program’s country level activities will be contracted and managed separately in each of the six participating countries (Country Flexible Programs).

An effective Contractor is sought to establish and manage the Burma Country Flexible Program (CFP), which will have the important responsibility for implementing these HIV and harm reduction activities in Burma.  These will contribute substantially to reducing the HIV harm associated with injecting drug use among men and women in Burma.  The Contractor will be required to work closely with the RTCU and under the oversight of the Program Director to achieve HAARP’s regional objectives.

It is anticipated that the program will commence in late July 2007 and will continue over a three (3) year period, with the possibility of a two (2) year extension.

The closing date for Request for Tender submissions is 2pm (AEST), on Tuesday, 5 June 2007. 

Tender documents are available on the AusTender website. https://tenders.gov.au.

 Enquiries about contract and tender procedures: Simone Patton  simone.patton@ausaid.gov.au

23. Drug and Alcohol counsellor

A full time position exists in the D & A field for a qualified Counselor or currently enrolled student in same field. Successful applicant will be able to work in a multi disciplined environment, deliver education packages, facilitate groups and counsel clients.

Expectations:

MALE (Being a male is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under section 31(2)(H) of the Anti discrimination Act.)

-     Be able to display an empathic attitude towards our clients and at the same time be able to demonstrate    strong boundaries.

-     You will need to be working towards or achieved a minimum Certificate IV in Community Services (Alcohol &  Other Drugs).

-     Be neat and tidy, good presentation and a willingness to undergo further training in areas seen as   appropriate by the employer.

Essential Criteria:

- Working towards relevant tertiary qualification.
- Presentation skills and a good desire to learn about counseling modalities.
- Good administrative skills.
- Skills in education presentations and counseling.
-    Knowledge of local and regional resources.
-     Good written and communication skills.
-     Ability to work with supervision.
-     Good computer skills.
-     Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Desirable Requirements:
-     Drivers License.
-     Previous experience in working with clients from the Alcohol and other Drugs - backgrounds.

The salaried position is in accordance with the SACS Award. Child Protection Legislation requires that preferred applicants be subject to employment screening.

All enquiries requests for job descriptions please contact Stephanie Leau on (02) 9603 2157 during business hours or email resume to arc@odysseyhouse.com.au.

24. INHOUSE: Program Officer
Looking for a position that encourages innovation and initiative in the provision of professional illicit drug treatment?
Join the InHouse team...

This eclectic role will have a dual diagnosis focus and will primarily involve:

Program Officer - Full Time 37.5hrs - SACS Level 4 (depending on experience)

- Initial screening and assessments
- Client-directed counselling aimed at working with IDUs contemplating changes to their drug use and related mental health concerns; or making changes either by reducing or abstaining from use, or sustaining change with the aim of entering longer-term care (eg, therapeutic community)
- Educating and supporting significant others
- Co-facilitation of psychosocial education groups

In addition to outpatient counselling, InHouse provides:
- The MAISE Program - psychosocial education group for IDUs with coexisting mental health problems (at the Brisbane office and The Park Centre for Mental Health)
- Significant Other Support (SOS) Workshop - education and support group for significant others of IDUs with coexisting mental health problems
- MudMapS - psychosocial education & support for IDUs contemplating or making changes to drug-related behaviours
- The Women's Circle - child-friendly social support group for women making or contemplating changes to drug-related behaviours
- The Parent, Child & Family Support Program – individual and group counselling for illicit drug users who are parents and significant others of illicit drug users

This position requires a non-judgmental individual, who would enjoy working as part of a small, multidisciplinary team.

New graduates are encouraged to apply.

The Application Package can be found online at www.quihn.org.au or by contacting either myself on this email address or Lynda Knight on manager.inhouse@quihn.org or by phoning (07)3620 8111.

It would be much appreciated if service providers could forward this to anyone who may be interested in this position.

Contact: Guy Howick
Senior Program Manager (Assoc MAPS)
Treatment Services
Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN)
spm.treatment@quihn.org

QuIHN provides a range of outpatient detox (home/ambulatory) & counselling services to opioid, amphetamine & cannabis users:

» Lighthouse (Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast)
» InHouse (Fortitude Valley, Brisbane)
» Positive Changes (Miami, Gold Coast)

These initiatives are funded by the National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS) NGOTP Grants & the NIDS-FACSIA Strengthening Families Initiative.

QuIHN Head Office
Street Address: 89-101 Gipps St (Cnr Ranwell Lane),
Fortitude Valley. Q4006.
Postal Address: PO Box 2470,
Fortitude Valley Business Centre. Q4006.
Phone: (07) 36208100
Fax: (07) 38541070
www.quihn.org

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