Formation of CDUN

During the formation of CDUN in early April of 2016, and reflecting on claims voiced within the drug user community in many areas of the Nepal, CDUN came together as on advocacy alliance of all the different Drug User Organizations and key activists existing within the country, bearing in mind that Nepal, despite being a small country, has over 500 organizations and 7 different DU networks  working within such a comparatively small geographical area​.  Thus, CDUN came about as an attempt to encompass true representation in trying to unite, groups such as: Organizations, networks and individual Drug User Activist Involved  in the treatment, care, support and advocacy as well as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS care, such as rehabilitation centers dedicated to helping Drug Users through residential therapy as well as harm reduction OST Centers and their clients, Drug User HIV/AIDS Care and ART Related Service Providers; Drug Treatment Rehabilitation Related Service Providers; and Drug Users and activists who continued to choose to use;

The Formation of CDUN

Governance Structure of the Coalition

As per consensus decision CDUN representation model consists of a 39 members congress including a 15 members board derived from this congress. The 39 members coalition congress is derived on the basis of population distribution on each of the 5 development regions as illustrated by the table below.

(Source: Nepal Population Census 2011 Central Bureau of Statistics.)

Development Regions of Nepal congress
SR Region Nepali Name Capital HQ Area (km2.) Population (2011)  39
Nepal नेपाल Kathmandu 147,181 26,494,504 15 Board
1 Eastern Development Region पुर्वाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र Dhankuta 28,456 5,811,555 5+3=8
2 Central Development Region मध्यमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र Kathmandu 27,410 9,656,985 9+3=12
3 Western Development Region पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र Pokhara 29,398 4,926,765 4+3=7
4 Mid-Western Development Region मध्य पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र Birendranagar 42,378 3,546,682 3+3=6
5 Far-Western Development Region सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र Dipayal 19,539 2,552,517 2+3=5

Accountability Structure

The accountability structure of CDUN ensures that the community is at the top of the hierarchy with a 39 members congress to bring forward needs and issues of the community down into the board for execution of strategic advocacy action through the executive Secretariat.

The Executive and Communication Structure


The executive and communication structure of the coalition ensures that the community is part of each and every decision making process as represented by the executive board derived from the executive board remains at the heart of communication interacting with community congress executing its mission and implementing its activities through the secretariat.


Coalition of Drug Users in Nepal

Address: Bhimshengola-9 Kathmandu, Nepal

P0.Box: C/0 of Youth Vision, 44600

Phone: + 977 - 9803407732 (President)