harm reduction

Usagers de drogues © Olivier Papegnies
Doctors of the World – Médecins du Monde-France is an international solidarity organisation that promotes access to health for marginalised populations around the world. Since the 1980s, Médecins du Monde-France has been working with people who use drugs through a harm reduction approach.
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Access to health is a universal human right. Yet, because certain practices – such as sex work or drug use – or sexual orientation and gender identity are either criminalised or subject to moral disapproval, individuals not wanting or unable to change their behaviour are not in a position to fully...
Funding and political support for harm reduction is in crisis in many countries around the world. Harm reduction is evidence-based, cost effective and has a positive impact on individual and community health. While harm reduction is far broader than HIV prevention, this call to action centres on...
On the final day of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), UN member states adopted the resolution "Promoting viral hepatitis prevention and treatment among people who have used drugs". During this plenary session, Wangari Kimenia, Head of Harm reduction for Doctors of the World in Kenya, spoke on...
The risks of social exclusion and potential negative health impacts on drug users are relatively well documented. However, questions about how their close relatives perceive the effects of drug use on them, and the solutions that need to be found, are rarely documented.
World Hepatitis Summit 2017 : Declaration of the Hepatitis Community.
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Because Tanzania is one of the major transit hubs for heroin trafficked from Central Asia, drug use has spread in the country and with it the transmission of AIDS and hepatitis. There are over 300,000 people who use drugs in Tanzania, of whom one in 10 inject drugs. In the absence of adequate...
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Drug users, like sex workers, are stigmatised and penalised because of their practices.

La Tanzanie est un des hauts lieux de transit du trafic d’héroïne © William Daniels
A medical and political approach based on public health and human rights
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