From 14th to 17th May, more than a thousand harm reduction advocates and service providers will gather in Montréal (Canada) to share knowledge, skills, and experiences. The Bridging the Gaps alliance will attend, showcasing a photo exhibition and organising a side-event with other Dutch-funded programmes. 

Side event ‘Future Proofing Harm Reduction’

The side-event, entitled ‘Future Proofing Harm Reduction’ will be moderated by the SRHR Ambassador of the Netherlands, Lambert Grijns, and will include speakers from Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. Bridging the Gaps alliance partners Mainline, INPUD and AFEW International will have stands to share their expertise, and several partners will present their research and experiences in panel discussions and plenary sessions. Mainline will deliver a panel presentation on setting up and advocating for harm reduction services for non-injecting crystal meth users, and INPUD representatives will join panel discussions on criminalisation, community voices and the specific needs of women who use drugs. INPUD’s Executive Director, Judy Chang, will also chair the opening plenary on Monday on identifying global priorities.

Informal sessions at the photo exhibition

Bridging the Gaps will also hold three informal sessions at the photo exhibition on Monday 15th. AFEW International will share their insights into working with female drug users in Kyrgyzstan at 11am. INPUD will provide a platform to discuss their annual report and new strategic plan and 2pm, and Mainline will lead an exchange of experiences on crystal meth harm reduction at 3pm. The conference will also include site visits, technical presentations, drug policy briefings, exhibitor stands and dialogue spaces. It promises to be an informative and interesting few days in Montreal, so keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will keep you updated on what is going on!