Pascal TanquayPascal Tanquay

Pascal Tanguay is a Canadian based in Thailand since 2004. Pascal has worked and provided leadership in the field of harm reduction for the past 10 years, particularly in Asia and in Thailand where he worked first as Communications Manager for the Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN), as Program Director and Deputy Country Representative for Population Services International (PSI), as well as an independent consultant for UN and donor agencies, INGOs and local CSOs.

At PSI Thailand, Pascal provided critical leadership in directly managing and overseeing all components of the national response to HIV among people who inject drugs under a large Global Fund grant valued at over $18 million.

Under Pascal’s leadership, project partners were able to convince national authorities to develop and deploy a national harm reduction policy in February 2014. Under this project, Pascal was responsible for improving organisational duty of care towards project workers and clients and scaling-up comprehensive safety and security management plans that included considerations for illicit drugs, drug use and drug dependence.

Throughout his career, Pascal’s communication skills have been valued and appreciated – he has published extensively on a number of issues related to harm reduction and drug use, including results of a local research project conducted in Thailand. He has also developed several proposals that were successfully funded and has intimate knowledge of the workings of the Global Fund.

Pascal has a particular interest in drug policy reform, especially in regards to improving collaboration with law enforcement and reducing negative impacts of encounters with law enforcement. Other areas of focus include overdose prevention and management,hepatitis C testing and treatment, community-based drug dependence treatment, safety and security, and policies and procedures to support employment of people who use drugs.

Pascal currently sites on the oversight committee of Ozone, a local Thai civil society organisation founded by people who use drugs with a mission to improve the health and quality of life of people who use drugs. He is also an Associate with the International Drug Policy Consortium since 2011.

Technical Areas:

  • Strategic and program planning
  • Program management and organisational development
  • Safety and security including risk assessment and mitigation planning
  • Working with law enforcement
  • Harm reduction, hepatitis C, overdose and treatment for drug dependence
  • Drug policy analysis and advocacy
  • Strategic communication including proposal development and writing for publication
  • Hiring and facilitating meaningful participation of people who use drugs
  • Facilitation of partnerships and civil society mobilisation
  • GFATM processes and mechanisms

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