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Harm reduction programming set to expand


Aids Alliance

The Alliance has successfully secured funding from the Government of The Netherlands to lead an ambitious new harm reduction programme.

This four year project, funded by a grant of 10 million euros, will span five countries (Kenya, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia) and will be implemented by a range of partners*, including Alliance linking organisations working in the nominated countries.

The Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) project aims to:

  • Expand coverage to more than 200,000 injecting drug users, their partners and children with a wide range of services (HIV prevention, treatment and care, sexual and reproductive health and other services), with a focus on innovations in outreach and building ‘drug user friendly’ health services.
  • Build the capacity of both civil society and governments to advocate for and deliver improved services for injecting drug users, their partners and children.
  • Deliver a strong advocacy programme to promote the rights of injecting drug users and reform national drug policy to enable a harm reduction approach to drug use and HIV.  It will provide support to drug user networks, national and local civil society organisations and national policy platforms in order to affect change at the national level, and influence policy at the global level.
  • Capture the learning generated through the CAHR programme, and strengthen the evidence base on harm reduction interventions and approaches.  The team will also apply learning from other existing harm reduction programmes, including from The Netherlands itself which has a long history of successful harm reduction programmes.

Susie McLean, Senior Advisor on Harm Reduction at the Alliance said: ‘Despite clear evidence that HIV prevention services for injecting drug users are effective, access to services for people who inject drugs is poor.’

In 2007 the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported that a staggering 92% of people who use drugs have no access to basic HIV services. 

‘This programme will provide an opportunity for the Alliance to build on its significant record of working with people who use drugs, their families and local communities to improve health.  It will allow us to increase harm reduction programmes in the countries that need them most within the Alliance global partnership,’ said Susie.

The project will get going in January with assessments and other start up activities.  Further information will be made available at the International Harm Reduction Conference, in Lebanon, in April 2011.

In the meantime, for more information, contact Susie McLean

*Programme implementing partners:
  • Kenyan AIDS NGO Consortium (KANCO) – Alliance linking organisation in Kenya
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance in China (Alliance China)
  • Malaysia AIDS Council – Alliance linking organisation in Malaysia
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India (Alliance India)
  • Rumah Cemara – Alliance linking organisation in Indonesia
Programme technical partners:
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine (Alliance Ukraine)
  • International Network of People who Use Drugs
  • International Drug Policy Consortium
  • Health Connections International
  • International Harm Reduction Association
  • Aids Foundation East-West
  • Prevention Information et Lutte contre le Sida (Mauritius)