Medical interventions are an important and necessary part of comprehensive harm reduction programs, providing an opportunity to PWID/PWUD to access health services (something they are often deprived of for a variety of reasons like discrimination, financially, fear of arrest…). At each DIC a team of doctor(s) and nurse(s) are available on weekdays (e.g. Monday to Friday at 09.00 AM to 12.00 PM and 1.00 PM to 4.30 PM) to offer free consultations. Activities include:
PWID/ PWUD and their Family & Partners are provided counseling services like HTC, HIV counseling (Positive living), Family & Partners counseling (lose and grieve, bereavement), Drug Counseling, MMT Counseling, TB Counseling etc.
The deceased clients’ final journey from this world is supported by arranging funeral support, making rituals based on the religion of the deceased client as a token of a so called “decent death” which every human being wishes for…and drug users are also “human beings”!
Recruited and trained male/female peers, supported by professional staff of AHRN Myanmar, act as care and (moral) support givers on different levels (practical nursing care, nutrition, companionship, funeral arrangements) for PWID/PWUD residing in the in-house care and support center.
Peer staffs are provided with trainings to improve their capacity through direct involvement in program planning and implementation, improvement of knowledge and attitude on HIV/AIDS, TB, Overdose and other severe health issues.