Coact Cooperative Learning and Growing

Coact has completed it’s first round of jobs for UN and NGO partners. This has included a Guide on Employing People who Use Drugs in Harm Reduction (Alliance CAHR programme), 3 Case Studies on ATS in Asia (UNAIDS), Harm Reduction Works - 3 Country Advocacy Case Studies (UNAIDS), and an advocacy briefing on Hepatitis Treatment (IHRD).

In addition, Coact has been involved in practice development projects around methadrone and NPS, ketamine, peer needle and syringe programmes (Peer NSP), peer support, methamphetamine, Naloxone and working in high risk settings. Coact is pleased to announce that it is currently testing two new Stimulant Health Checks on Methedrone and Methamphetamine to go with our existing tools on Ketamine and Crack Cocaine. All will be made available as open source resources on Coact website joining the existing practice support page on Peer NSP.

Coact has also supported the development and strategic planning of drug user groups in the UK and Afghanistan and has supported the mobilisation of resources and start up phase of the European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD).

These projects have demonstrated our capacity to work from the global to the country bringing to bear our different expertise, skills sets and networks. We are also learning lessons about how to run multi-consultant projects and the provision of peer technical support.

The Coact Cooperative wish Mick Matthews every success with his 12 month consultancy project with the Network of Sex Worker Projects (NSWP). Mick will be building capacity among sex workers to engage with the Global Fund. Mick is stepping down for active duty with Coact for the duration of this full time project.

Coact is delighted to welcome three new Coact Consultants who strengthen the cooperative’s capacity in a number of areas. I encourage you to read Judy Chang, Pascal Tanguay and Luciano Colonna’s profiles and to learn about their rich skill sets, depth of experience and specialist areas of interest.


  • "Coact facilitated a drug user workshop for the Public Health Agency. The event went extremely well, with Coact doing an excellent job of ensuring the aims of the day were met."

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