Ten percent of HIV infections worldwide are now due to injection drug use. Outside of Africa, that number rises to nearly one in three.
Recognizing that drug use is a major cause for the spread of HIV, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has long prioritized funding evidence-based interventions that prevent and treat the disease amid this population, while also caring for and supporting those living with HIV. In its Round 11 funding, the Global Fund offers specific guidance for how to incorporate into country funding proposals a comprehensive package of interventions for people who inject drugs.
For those interventions to be most effective, however, the International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) proposes five key areas that must be addressed:
- Legal aid
- Gender-specific harm reduction programming
- Integration of HIV and tuberculosis services for drug users
- Overdose response with the overdose reversal medication naloxone
- Diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C
The briefing notes—available in English and Russian—offer detailed advice on how to add each of these five topics to country proposals in Round 11. For further information, please contact IHRD@sorosny.org.