DAYTWOTuesday 27 April 2010
LACK OF APPROPRIATE INFORMATION
andeducation is putting young people at riskaccording to representatives from Youth Rise.Each made the case for non-judgementalinterventions, tailored for the youth audience.Most injecting drug users started practisingbefore the age of 25, yet few HIV prevention pro-grammes focused on youth, said Chantale Kallas,from the Lebanon,
pictured above with colleagues Anita Krug and Lynn Itani
. Local data showed that72 per cent of IDUs were less than 30 years oldand more than 80 per cent shared needles. Riskybehaviour was linked to inadequate informationand no access to health centres.Five per cent of all deaths between ages fiveand 29 were attributable to alcohol use in a 1990study, and a significant number of the estimated13.2m IDUs worldwide were young people. Nearlyhalf of HIV infections related to young people aged14 to 24, and 5.4m young people worldwide wereinfected with HIV.Consultation led by UN groups called for apackage of confidential adolescent-friendlyservices that respected the rights of children to beheard and have their views taken into account.‘We need to help children to build resilience andbe better problem-solvers,’ said Ms Kallas,advising that any initiatives should be appropriateto the overall context of their community. Thiscould be achieved by incorporating peereducation and integrating young people’s serviceswith other sectors of the community, as well asmaking sure health providers were specificallytrained in youth-friendly approaches.‘It’s important that outreach teams go to placeswhere young people hang out,’ she said. Talking tothem confidentially in their own environment made itmore likely they would participate in voluntary coun-selling and testing for HIV and hepatitis B and C.‘Our Youth Rise experiences have shown wecan customise services, she added. ‘Youth cultureis different from adult culture, so you need to beflexible. Information must be written for a youthaudience. It is also important to differentiatebetween use and abuse –if you get young peopleinvolved you will know the best language to use.’ To demonstrate that initiatives for young peoplewere a worthwhile investment, she quoted feedbackfrom a former Youth Rise member: ‘Provideresources to us and we will do so much with them.’
Youth Rise lead the call for young people’s involvement
Tuesday 27 April
examines the recentshift towards decriminalisation indrug-related policies in the Argentine Republic and Latin American countries.
explores roomfor manoeuvre in the global drugprohibition regime governed by theUN-based treaty system. The innovation and evidence thatback up the Portuguese nationalstrategy on drugs, presented by
tells delegates whatan evidence-based drug policybased on public health and harmreduction might look like.
12.30 – 17.30
’s talk show
, there will be livelydiscussions on a variety of subjects.
Showing films from around theworld from 12.30 in the cinema,auditorium level, and continuing at17.15 at FACT movie theatre – seemap on the back of the programme.
Lunch break from 12.30 – 14.00