Using drugs reducing risks - Improving access to healthcare for people who use drugs in Tajikistan
BRIDGING THE GAPS: an international HIV Programme on health and rights for LGBT people, sex workers and people who use drugs. Video from the programme on improving access to healthcare for people who use drugs in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan an estimated 25,000 people are using drugs. Around 60% of injecting drug users are living with HIV. However, there is still a big information gap regarding drug use and HIV treatment even in the healthcare sector. Healthcare workers are not trained on these topics. This often results in stigma and rejection.
In order to address this knowledge gap, AIDS Foundation East-West developed an online learning platform as part of the Bridging the Gaps programme. The platform provides information and professional consultation by healthcare experts on topics related to HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, substance dependence, and harm reduction. This is particularly useful for medical professionals in rural areas who have limited access to information. And for outreach workers like Yarali.