Reviewing and reforming laws, policies and practices
Where a country analysis shows that laws, regulations, policies and practices act as barriers to prevention, treatment, care and support, they should be reviewed and reformed in order to increase access and uptake of health services. This may require the concerted efforts of all national stakeholders, including understanding and political commitment from government executives and parliamentarians, informed decision-making by an active judiciary, advocacy by civil society organizations and the technical support of development partners.
Case Study: Removing legal barriers to access to harm reduction services for people who use drugs in Myanmar
In 2015, Myanmar’s Parliament removed the legal prohibition on possession of needles and syringes in the Excise Act in order to support people who use drugs and health workers to implement NSPs. This was one of the ‘quick wins’ endorsed by the joint Parliamentarian and Community Network Consortium Committee on Human Rights and HIV as part of the legal review.