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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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The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

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Recent Work

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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.

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Count the Costs of the “War on Drugs”  

Representatives from a coalition of rights-based organizations discuss their call for a new approach to United Nations drug policy.

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Combining Litigation with Social Mobilization: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Two of South Africa’s most recognized legal activists talk about using the law to campaign for the human rights of people living with HIV.

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License to Deceive? A Big Drug Company’s Smokescreen on Hepatitis C

What’s really driving the pharmaceutical giant Gilead to issue a license for generic copies of its superstar drug? Profit.

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

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