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Oct 5, 2017

KANCO East Africa Harm Reduction Conference Volunteers Opportunities


Opportunities: East Africa Harm Reduction Conference Volunteers

KANCO is  regional membership network of organizations including: Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Faith Based Organization (FBOs), Private Sector, Research and Learning Institutions responding to HIV & AIDS and TB in Kenya. 

It is also accredited as a Linking Organization with the International HIV & AIDS Alliance. 

Its mission is to provide leadership, promote collaboration and enhance capacity among Civil Society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to respond to HIV & AIDS, TB other public Health concerns at community level.
Guided by the vision of healthy people, empowered communities, over time KANCO has evolved to become a premier agency for sensitizing, mobilizing and promoting collaboration among civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the region.
KANCO in partnership with stakeholders is in the process of organizing the 1st Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference. 

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Leadership and Innovation in Harm Reduction in Africa’ and is scheduled to take place from November 15th to 17th, 2017. 

There will be a preceding preconference on the 14th November 2017 focusing on drug use prevention.

Eastern Africa has continued to become a significant region in drug trade (UNODC 2016). While initially it has been more of a transition route, there has been increasing demand of drugs for consumption. 

Africa is estimated to have received about 9% of the global flow of heroin as at 2011 (USAID 2013).

Increase in drug consumption in the region has come along with new challenges to public health and security. 

With the region already experiencing a HIV epidemic, increasing drug use has exacerbated infections, especially among populations of people who inject drugs, and also highlighted other blood borne infections such as viral Hepatitis (especially Hepatitis C). 

Most of the health care systems have been addressing drug related problems in ways that have left significant gaps in addressing other challenges that come with drug addiction.
Supply suppression and demand reduction have remained the key strategies being enforced to manage drug trade and consumption. 

Consequently, these two approaches have traditionally missed opportunities to address concerns among drug users, complicating health and social outcomes.

Harm Reduction is an approach to the drug use problem that has recently been introduced in some countries in Eastern Africa. 

Harm reduction works to reduce the health, social and economic consequences of drug use, while considering the health and human rights of people who use drugs (PWUDs).

Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania have taken bold steps to initiate strategies and interventions fronted by the harm reduction approach as effective in mitigating drug use problems.

In these three countries, needle and syringe programs and medically assisted treatment in the form of methadone have been introduced, primarily targeting to reduce HIV infections among people who inject drugs.

1.1 Objectives of the conference
  • To share knowledge and experience in Harm reduction
  • Inter-sectorial debate to define the value of harm reduction policies in the region and Africa
  • To share different strategies in harm reduction programing
  • Creation of action plans to follow-up on outcomes of the conference and reinforce partnerships
  • To mainstream harm reduction discussion among policy makers and institutions
1.2 Target Group
People who inject drugs (PWID), implementers, supporters, advocates, researchers in harm reduction, International participants including Drug Authorities in Eastern Africa and high-level ministry and county officials, representatives of UN agencies and international organizations, eminent researchers, institutions of higher learning and national drug authorities, Ministries of health.
1.3 Conference Structure
The main conference will be taking place over three days, from 15th to 17th November 2017. 

On the evening of the 14th November, there will be a prevention pre conference that will start off by guest speakers addressing information on harm reduction and prevention messages, followed by performances from various artistes in Kenya and the region.
The main conference will kick off on the 15th of November, starting with key note addresses from various speakers to set the tone. 

These will be followed by plenary sessions, and thereafter breakaway sessions for abstract driven discussions.

There will also be poster presentations on various topics. 

A community village as well as exhibitions will be running through the duration of the conference
Conference Volunteers
Towards hosting of the first Eastern Africa Harm Reduction Conference, KANCO is seeking to engage 15 volunteers for 10 days who will support in the sections below .

1. Registration Volunteers
Registration volunteers will  be  responsible for welcoming attendees and distributing registration materials. 

Attendees will expect you to have the answer to everything, so familiarize yourself with the conference schedules, the Conference Onsite Guide, the conference mobile app, room locations, etc.

2. Volunteers Check-In / Supply Room

Volunteer Check-In/Supply Room volunteers will be responsible for checking out supplies to presenters and/or checking in volunteers as they report for duty. 

This assignment is best done by an administrative assistant who can stay on duty at this post for consecutive days.

3. Hospitality Table Volunteers:
Hospitality volunteers need to be very familiar with the conference schedule; special events, restaurants, and other items that you believe will contribute to an overall positive conference experience including information about the conference for first-time attendees.
4. Traffic Direction Volunteers   
Traffic Direction volunteers are responsible for giving directions to conference attendees at posts throughout the conference facility. 

Attendees will expect you to have the answer to everything, so familiarize yourself with the conference schedules, the Conference venue, the conference mobile app, room locations,

5. Exhibit Hall Volunteers

Exhibit Hall volunteers are responsible for checking in and assisting exhibitors and encouraging participants to visit the Hall.
Qualifications: University Graduates.
How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their cover letter and CV to via email to: [email protected]  before 8th of October 2017.

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.eahrconference.com/

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