harm reduction

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.
Scène de rue, à Dar-Es-Salam, en Tanzanie © William Daniels
Because Tanzania is one of the major transit points for heroin trafficking from Central Asia, drug use has spread, and with it the transmission of AIDS and Hepatitis. The country has 300,000 drug users , of whom, half are concentrated in Dar es Salaam, the main city. Risky practices, such as needle...

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
HIV prevalence is around 40% in people who inject drugs