Opinion Pieces

Addressing the HIV, viral hepatitis and TB epidemics will require extensive drug policy reforms

The United Nations have set the goal of eliminating HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis by 2030.

To achieve this, people who use drugs shall no longer be ignored, regardless of their ethnic origin, gender or social status, write Philippe de Botton and Anton Pozniak.

This begins with promotion of harm reduction programmes, both internationally and nationally, as well as at the community level. It is also necessary to align drug policies with health objectives by decriminalizing both drug use and personal possession, as recommended by the World Health Organization and several other UN agencies. Only by reforming our approach to drugs can we possibly eliminate HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis.

Read the joint International AIDS Society / Médecins du Monde viewpoint in Le Temps (French).

Read the viewpoint on Médecins du Monde's website (French).

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