People who us drugs

Dealing in, using or being in procession of illicit drugs is a criminal offence in most southern and east African countries. In these countries, as in many others around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses against people who use drugs (PWUD), such as ill treatment by police, mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and denial of essential medicines and basic health services, denying PWUD access to proven effective HIV prevention, care and treatment services. This online course will introduce participants to HIV and human rights concerns facing PWUD by highlighting how dominant approaches to drug control pose a barrier to the protection of the rights of PWUD and increases vulnerability to HIV infection. The course will also outline the obligations of governments to take steps to prevent and reduce HIV transmission amongst PWUD by protecting their rights and removing legal and policy barriers.