Trimbos Institute and the international AIDS 2018 conference

July 19, 2018

The international AIDS conference will take place in Amsterdam from Monday 23 – Friday 28 July. Trimbos Institute’s contribution will be varied, with a focus on Harm Reduction and drug use.

We organised a study tour for a delegation from Myanmar, consisting of 15 representatives from ministries, parliament and NGO’s. They will visit Harm Reduction services in the Hague on Friday 20 July and will have a full day meeting in Amsterdam on 21 July, during which we will discuss and inform each other on both demand- and Harm Reduction practices and respective (drug)policies.

Harm Reduction Policy in the Netherlands
In cooperation with Jellinek and Mainline three meetings are organised in Amsterdam for the press on drug testing and drug monitoring in relation to Harm Reduction Policy on Monday 23 July and Thursday 26 July.

Trimbos Institute will be present at the Harm Reduction Zone, organised by the Regenboog and Mainline. John-Peter Kools will facilitate a morning session on the Dutch Harm Reduction Policy. In the evening he will attend a satellite session on health policies in prisons.

More about the program
On Monday evening 23 July there will be a panel discussion with scientists, lawyers and health workers about HIV prevention for drug users and the LGBT community. Ruth Dreifuss, President of Switzerland and member of the global Commission on Drug Policy, and John Peter Kools, senior policy advisor at the Trimbos Institute, will chair a plenary session on Harm Reduction on Wednesday morning 25 July.

In a 3 months period prior to the conference an art exchange project took place. The Uzbekan artist Hassan Kurbanbaev was linked to Trimbos Institute, Mainline and Regenboog. Hassan’s work and that of 4 other artist from the Central Asia region will be exhibited during the conference.

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