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Train-the-trainer programme

In 2017, Mainline launched its first international train-the-trainer (ToT) programme. The objective of the programme is to develop the in-house training capacity of local partner organisations, making Mainlines capacity building efforts more sustainable in the long term.

Having good trainers on board can strengthen an organisations’ position in the harm reduction field. In addition, the training provides outreach workers, paralegals and social workers with an opportunity for personal growth in their profession.

A significant part of the programme includes our aspiring master trainers gaining crucial experience by conducting their own international trainings, within which they plan, design and deliver a harm reduction based training. For Simon Williams, Trainer for Mainline and head of the ToT programme, this is the most important part of the course.

“A trainer can only really make huge improvements to their training practice when actually interacting with participants and making a difference to their understanding and skills, acknowledges Simon. “Training must be seen as a vocation – it’s not just a job”

From the group of 6 participants, Victor Andrean was the first of the 2017 intake to train overseas as part of the programme, joining Filipino partner SHIP in Cebu City . Using what he’d learned from the programme, Victor planned an interactive session, including tasks and assessments, on the topic of evidence based harm reduction and motivational interviewing.





 “Giving some knowledge about harm reduction in a War on Drugs country was an enjoyable challenge”, “The Philippines shares the same war on drugs situation with my country, although the regime in the Philippines is much more brutal. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to build upon my training skills!!”.


Mainline would like to congratulate the 7 ToT participants who successfully completed the first year of the 2017 intake. Their status of harm reduction trainers within the Bridging the Gaps programme has now been approved, and they will continue to work towards becoming international trainers:

Our current projects


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Women who use drugs

Nepal

Mainline is asked to review the current harm reduction programmes in Nepal from the perspective of women who inject drugs. Based on interviews with women we hope to formulate recommendations to improve service delivery. 

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Stimulant Harm Reduction - Field Lab

Vietnam

In 2021 and 2022, SCDI in Vietnam and Mainline can continue to strengthen and expand the available harm reduction offer for people who use meth-amphetamines. After establishing the regional field lab in 2019 and 2020 we now have the opportunity to push this innovative initiative to the next level. One important element: to improve and expand the community mental health response. Moreover, the skills that were built in Hanoi's field lab are ready to be further disseminated across the South East Asian Region.

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Quality Harm Reduction

Iran

Iran is renowned for its harm reduction programme. It was one of the first countries in this geographical region to adopt a harm reduction approach. Government supports and funds the programme. But the drug scene in Iran has changed over the past 20 years. More people are using stimulant drugs and, due to economic circumstances, more people who use drugs have become homeless. Mainline sets out to see whether the current programme in Tehran still fits the needs of the local people who use drugs.

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Assessing the drug scene

Zimbabwe

Mainline have been asked to assess the drug scene in five provinces in Zimbabwe. A team of three researchers are currently working in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Civil Liberties Drug Network in the first quarter of 2022. The goal: to gain an insight into which drugs are commonly used and to recommend health interventions.

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Mainline - Technical Advice

Did Mainline become a supplier? Yes: a supplier of technical advice for the Global Fund. Harm reduction organisations and networks of people who use drugs across the world can now request a Mainline training or capacity building. Read more about how this works.

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Mindful Muscles

United Kingdom, Finland, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Portugal, the Netherlands

Harm reduction approaches are rarely applied in a recreational sports setting. And why would we - sport equals health, right? Not always. Research shows that the use of performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) is quite common in various recreational sport scenes. And for those people who use frequently and in high doses, harm reduction can make a big difference.

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Services for Vulnerable Migrants who use Drugs in the EU

Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, France

Several risk factors increase the vulnerability of (new) groups of migrants to engage in problematic drug use. These risk factors include traumatic experiences, disengagement with society, unemployment and poverty. Services and municipalities throughout the European Union are faced with the urgent challenge to address these migrants’ needs. 

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Love Alliance

Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Marocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Mainline is a partner in the Love Alliance programme. The Love Alliance brings together organisations led by communities most affected by HIV and AIDS.

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Chemsex

Global

The use of drugs during sex is a growing worldwide phenomenon among men who have sex with men (MSM). Mainline has built a unique track record while working in the frontline of the Dutch 'chemsex' scene. Now, we also apply this expertise in an international context. The best place to start? Our chemsex e-learning.  

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Our finished projects

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Size estimation and service mapping: introducing harm reduction

Zambia

Harm reduction is new in Zambia. Mainline was asked to estimate how many people inject drugs in the country and to map the already existing harm reduction and HIV services for people who use drugs. Based on this information, we drafted practical service guidelines. In doing so, Mainline hopes to have contributed to the introduction of harm reduction in Zambia.  

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Women Who Use Drugs & Peer Workers

South Africa

Women Who Use Drugs face additional problems compared to their male counterparts. The harm reduction field far too often neglects the needs of women. To some extent, the same is true for peer workers: incredibly valuable staff in any impactful service. How can local services make sure that peer workers are valued, supported and living up to their full potential? And how can access for women who use drugs be improved?

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Gender-based violence

Kenya

Women who use drugs in Kenya face violence every day: At home. On the streets. By the police. In their communities. A unique study - conducted in Mombasa, Kenya - sheds light on the tough realities these women encounter. Urgent action is needed.

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Young, Wild and... Free?

Kenya, South Africa

Young people use drugs - including minors. It's an inconvenient truth: societies usually seek to prevent young people from damaging their health and there is a big taboo on drug use among young kids. But are stigma, legislation or moral judgement keeping young people away from harm reduction services? This project aims to find and improve access to services.

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Prison Health

Indonesia

Prisons in Indonesia are overcrowded and health services are limited. Is quality prison health too expensive? Not according to findings from Atma Jaya University, who applied the method of 'economic modelling' to prison health services, including drug dependency programmes. The findings fed important advocacy messages to improve the prison system in 2021. Moreover, Atma Jaya - via a 2021 implementation study - succesfully introduced motivational interviewing into the prison setting: an evidence-based method to assist people who are dependent on drugs and would like to reduce or quit their drug use.

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Reducing harms in the work environment

South Africa

Together with activists and peer- and outreach workers in South Africa, Mainline worked on a practical guide about involving peers in harm reduction work.

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