About Us

Established in June 2021 after the closure of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD), NAPUD was founded on inclusive membership principles as the regional network organization ‘Of’, ‘For’, and led ‘By’ people who use drugs in Asia. 

The founding Executive Board is comprised of representatives and leaders of national networks of people who use drugs from 9 countries in South and South-East Asia. NAPUD actively works to engage and support networks in countries Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

At the regional level, NAPUD works closely with the United Nations system, Technical Assistance (TA) organizations, and regional networks of people from key population groups and people living with HIV.

Our Vision, Mission & Guiding Principles


A region where people who use drugs live their lives with dignity, and organizations led by people who use drugs are empowered, capacitated and productive.


A regional peer based network that seeks to build a strong sustained voice of people who use drugs living in Asia by defending, supporting, and promoting health, human rights, and harm reduction, and ending the criminalization, marginalization, stigma, and discrimination.

Guiding Principles

The formation of NAPUD is underpinned by the guiding principle “From invisibility to Influence”, with a strong belief in unity, support, equality, inclusiveness, the spirit of friendliness, collaboration, and the will to change the current situation faced by people who use drugs in the Asian Region. NAPUD strongly believes in making positive changes in the lives of people who use drugs by amplifying our voices and making effective and meaningful representation and participation as a regional network in important policy and programming environments at national, regional and international levels.

NAPUD Represented Countries

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