Lecture on Harm Reduction Strategies in the MENA region by MENAHRA's Executive Director in Oxford

1558409 10152156288485081 524269378 n Lecture on Harm Reduction Strategies in the MENA region by MENAHRA's Executive Director  in Oxford

It is an exciting time to speak about drug policy and harm reduction. After long years of  steadfast work against criminalising and punitive approach to drug using and drug addiction,  the harm reduction movement is achieving global resonance and its goals are more than ever shared by a great many.

  In this context, Elie Aaraj, executive director of MENAHRA, was invited to give a public  lecture at the University of Oxford on invitation of PhD researcher Maziyar Ghiabi, who  presented a paper at the closing session of the MENAHRA 2013 Conference.

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Anne Rogers: My invitation to Beirut

My invitation to Beirut came about in a bizarre way. Earlier this year I was approached by Gary Reid who works with the World Health Organisation based in New Delhi about Ben’s documentary, ‘Ben : Diary of a Heroin Addict’. Gary had presented me with an award for the best film in the 21st International Harm Reduction Festival held in Liverpool in 2010. Gary wanted to know if I would give him permission to contact a friend of his who was working on a similar festival in the Lebanon later in the year suggesting that Ben’s documentary might be of interest. Of course, I readily gave my consent and was soon contacted by the conference people and a copy of the dvd was duly sent to be used at the 2nd Regional Middle East and North African Harm Reduction Conference in Beirut in November.

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The League of Arab States and UNAIDS vow to reverse the rising trend of HIV infections in the region

The League of Arab States and UNAIDS vow to reverse the rising trend of HIV infections in the region

5 Speakers 15Cairo, 1 December 2013 – A new regional report on the status of HIV and AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) was launched today by UNAIDS under the auspices and participation of H.E. Dr. Nabil El Araby Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), H.E. Dr. Maha El Rabat, Egyptian Minister of Health and Population and Ambassador Faeqa El Saleh, Deputy Secretary General for Social Affairs at the League of Arab States, President of RANAA and MENAHRA Executive Director Mr. Elie Aaraj representing civil society in the region.

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MES Seminar: Illicit Drugs and HIV/AIDS: Harm Reduction Strategies in the Middle East

MES Seminar: Illicit Drugs and HIV/AIDS: Harm Reduction Strategies in the Middle East

Date

Tue, 28/01/2014 - 17:00 to 19:00

School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS), Ground Floor Seminar Room, 11 Bevington Road.

Convenor

Dr Philip Robins

Speaker(s)

Mr. Elie Aaraj, Executive Director, MENAHRA, Lebanon.

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نظرة سريعة: مؤتمر مينارة الاقليمي الثاني حول الحد من مخاطر استخدام المخدرات

اختتمت شبكة الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا للحد من مخاطر استخدام المخدرات "مينارة" مؤتمرها الاقليمي الثاني

تحت عنوان "لنكسر الحواجز.. لنبني للمستقبل" الذي اقامته في بيروت من 12الى 15 تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر في فندق هيلتون ميتروبوليتان بالاس سن الفيل.

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