Physicians for Human Rights Harm Reduction Initiative

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  • Paola Barahona, MPH Senior Global Health Policy Advocate [email_address] AKA “The Needle Lady”
  • Physicians for Human Rights Harm Reduction Initiative

    1. 1. PHR Health Action AIDS IDU Harm Reduction Program
    2. 2. <ul><li>What does IDU mean? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>HIV Exploding among IDUs </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>What is Harm Reduction? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Harm Reduction: A Definition <ul><li>Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users &quot;where they're at,&quot; addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Harm Reduction Coalition, New York City </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Harm Reduction Alternatives (Prevention Works!) Don’t use drugs If you use drugs, get into treatment If you can’t use a new set for each shot, don’t share anything If you share, disinfect with bleach and water If you can’t or aren’t ready for treatment, don’t inject If you inject drugs, use a new sterile syringe and needle for each shot
    7. 7. <ul><li>Harm Reduction in Practice: Needle & Syringe Programs </li></ul>
    8. 8. PHR IDU Harm Reduction Program <ul><li>Advocates for the United States Government’s adoption and implementation of HIV prevention, care, and treatment policies that are evidence-based, practical, rights-based, and appropriate for injecting drug users </li></ul>
    9. 9. Activities: <ul><li>Policy and Legislation Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Grassroots Education & Mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Policymaker Advocacy & Education </li></ul><ul><li>Media & Visibility </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>FEDERAL SYRINGE EXCHANGE FUNDING BAN </li></ul>
    11. 11. FEDERAL SYRINGE EXCHANGE FUNDING BAN <ul><li>United States : Since 1988, Congress has banned the use of federal funds for syringe exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Internationally : This domestic policy is voluntarily applied to foreign assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy : Remove barriers to funding syringe exchange </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>HR 179 The Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act </li></ul>

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