Community Action on Harm Reduction
The Community Action on Harm Reduction project involves people who use drugs in the design and delivery of services. The programme also focuses on developing community action and grass roots campaigns to advance the human rights of people who use drugs. There is a strong focus on building the local capacity of community based organisations and sharing knowledge about what works.
As part of the initial stages of the project, in Kenya a team of people working with people who use drugs have been trained to be Key Correspondents. Each is driven by a passion to be better equipped to tell the stories of people who use drugs, their families and the communities in which they live and the impact that harm reduction interventions are having in Kenya.
Read their stories below. For more information on the project visit the Community Action on Harm Reduction website: www.cahrproject.org.
If just 7.5% of the estimated $100 billion spent annually on the war on drugs was instead directed to spending on harm reduction, we could practically end HIV among injecting drug users more
The fight to defeat HIV among those most at risk of infection may not be achieved as soon as hoped unless harm reduction services for people who use drugs receive appropriate funding. more
As the 20th International AIDS Conference gets underway, three leading HIV and drugs organisations are warning that global funding for HIV prevention for people who inject drugs is in crisis. more
People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS. more
The health of people who inject drugs in Cambodia is being put at risk due to opposition from police and local communities to needle and syringe programmes. more
In Cambodia, despite a higher rate of heroin use among prisoners than the general population, there is currently little in the way of treatment options for inmates. more
Methadone maintenance treatment should be made available to injecting drug users in prisons in Cambodia. It requires daily intake and is used to wean people who are addicted to heroin off the drug. It is considered less addictive and safer than heroin because it is administered and monitored in a regulated, clinical setting. more
In Kenya, in a tiny holding cell at a police post reeking of urine, vomit and human waste, Moha is crouched in one corner. more