HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs. Read more about HRI’s history.
Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to
reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people
unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the
prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself,
and the focus on people who continue to use drugs.
HRI benefits from the generous support of the Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank, The Robert Carr Networks Fund and the Swiss Government.
Read our latest report calling for a Harm Reduction Decade, sign the Harm Reduction Decade Declaration, call for #10by20, and stand up for human rights of people who use drugs, their families and communities.
Our flagship publication is the biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. First published in 2008, it involves a coordinated effort across practitioners, academics, advocates and activists to map global data and responses to HIV and hepatitis C epidemics related to unsafe injecting and non-injecting drug use. It is the only report to provide an independent analysis of the state of harm reduction in the world. The information collated within the report is stored and regularly updated on an interactive e-tool for researchers and advocates.
The Global State of Harm Reduction report is supplemented by regular
thematic reports and advisories on key issues and emerging challenges.
Please search our Resource Library for more information or join our e-list for regular updates.
Global State of Harm Reduction’ e-tool is an interactive resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. Users can select countries or regions and create tables for an at-a-glance guide to the current state of harm reduction worldwide.
Harm Reduction Journal, www.harmreductionjournal.com, is an open access, peer-reviewed,
online journal whose focus is on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive
drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for
effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and
social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.
Cinzia joined Harm Reduction International in 2014 as a project manager and provides expertise in project and organisational development and fundraising, in particular with reference to EU funds. Read more
Naomi joined Harm Reduction International as Deputy Director in October 2017 and brings more than 10 years of international experience at the intersection of harm reduction, HIV and human rights.… Read more
Catherine Cook joined Harm Reduction International in 2007 as Research Analyst and was appointed Harm Reduction International’s Head of Research in 2017. She now leads the research team, overseeing… Read more
Pippa joined Harm Reduction International in February 2011 to assist with financial admin and audit preparation. She was asked to join the team in Beirut for
the conference that year and in 2013… Read more
Fionnuala joined Harm Reduction International in 2014 to oversee 10 by 20, HRI’s new global campaign to persuade governments to reallocate just 10 per cent of the resources they currently spend on… Read more
Lucy joined Harm Reduction International in April 2016. Along with Maddie, she is responsible for organising Harm Reduction International’s conference. Lucy also works at HIT, a UK-based harm… Read more
Maddie joined Harm Reduction
International in April 2016. Maddie is responsible for the organisation and
smooth running of Harm Reduction International’s flagship biennial conference. Maddie is… Read more
Emily Rowe is an Australian born, Bali based post-doctoral researcher who has been living in Indonesia since 1998. Emily joined Harm Reduction International in June 2017 as Project Officer for the… Read more
Olga joined Harm Reduction International in 2015 as
Campaigns Manager. Prior to working at HRI, Olga worked at Stonewall as
International Policy Officer and at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance… Read more