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Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a range of evidence-based approaches that recognize that people unable or unwilling to abstain from illicit drug use can still make positive choices to protect their own health in addition to the health of their families and communities. The Open Society Foundations advocate for policies and practices that advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs.

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Recent Work

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Mass Executions of Drug Offenders Won’t Help Indonesia

On January 18, six people convicted of drug crimes were put to death in Indonesia, perhaps signaling a brutal escalation of the country’s war against drugs.

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Solving Wicked Problems: Lessons on Systems Change from Diverse Fields  

Synthesizing lessons from three movements—disability rights, workers’ rights, and global health—three Open Society Fellows explore strategies and tactics potentially applicable across a range of issue areas.

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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

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Will a New Funding Strategy Leave Behind HIV’s Most Vulnerable?

The Global Fund’s new funding model for HIV services offers the most money to the poorest countries with the highest prevalence of infection. But in some cases, the best strategy is just the opposite.

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Undermining the Global Fight

This report examines the impact the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle-income countries may have on key populations, and highlights the need for increased funding of human rights–related programs.

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Moving the Needle on Drug Policy in Asia

Asia boasts some of the harshest laws in the world; however, there are regional pioneers that are charting new courses on drug policy.

Open Society People

Director, International Harm Reduction Development
Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations–New York

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