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Pointing the Way: Harm Reduction in Kyrgyz Republic

Unlike many countries in the former Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan has responded to the spread of HIV infection with an aggressive plan to reduce health risks associated with drug use, including measures to protect those unable or unwilling to stop injecting drugs.

This report, commissioned by the Harm Reduction Association of Kyrgyzstan with the support of OSI's International Harm Reduction Development Program and Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan, looks at why and how the country has made a promising start toward stemming the HIV explosion.

Drawn from site visits and interviews conducted with clients and staff of harm reduction programs, as well as with representatives of international agencies, Pointing the Way outlines Kyrgyzstan's "best process," involving international organizations, local and national government, and collaboration among programs to provide cutting-edge services to drug users.

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