On this page you will find the latest relevant updates on a broad range of health and policy related topics, including HIV, hepatitis C, drug use, overdose prevention, harm reduction, drug treatment and criminal justice.

Physicians demand global drug policy reform in UN meeting
21 Mar 2014
Physicians without access to essential medicines can’t do that. We call on UN agencies to focus on supporting low income countries in order to ensure proper access to drugs for medicinal purposes.
Postcard From Vienna: Europe's stance on international drug policy
11 Mar 2014
Europe's pioneering policies on harm reduction to tackle the HIV epidemic are now part and parcel of internationally recognized policy -- the WHO, UNAIDS and UNODC.
Hepatitis C medicines must be made accessible faster than HIV drugs were
10 Mar 2014
It took decades for HIV/Aids drugs to reach the world's poorest – history must not be repeated with hepatitis C treatments.
No universal health coverage without strong local health systems
4 Mar 2014
This OpED by the Community of Practice “Health Service Delivery” highlights how the universal health coverage will not happen without strengthening local health systems.
E-discussion: Addressing challenges for meeting the MDGs and sustaining development gains
1 Mar 2014
In this forum, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world discuss how to address the ongoing and emerging challenges for meeting the MDGs in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future, including the goal of combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Norway to trial nasal spray antidote to heroin overdose
1 Mar 2014
Now, regulatory approval permitting, the Norwegian trials will offer the naloxone kit in Norway's two most populous cities, Oslo and Bergen, later this year.
WHO guidelines on the management of opioid overdose: Survey of the preferences of people affected by the guidelines
1 Mar 2014
The World Health Organization is developing guidelines on the management of overdoses due to drugs such as heroin and prescription opioids.
Vancouver installs first ever crack-pipe vending machines
1 Mar 2014
A Canadian NGO has installed crack pipe vending machines in the city of Vancouver in a bid to curb the spread of HIV and hepatitis among users.
Needle and syringe programs save lives and money: Infograph
1 Mar 2014
There are an estimated 16 million injecting drug users (IDUs) in the world - three million of them living with HIV/AIDS. Providing IDUs with clean needle and syringe saves lives.
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