Left behind? A call to fund harm reduction and end AIDS among people who use drugs - HRI at the International AIDS Conference 2016

Date: 08 July 2016

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Harm Reduction International is at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, 18th-22nd July 2016.

The message we bring to the conference is simple: in spite of the commitment  to 'leave no-one behind' in the global response to HIV/AIDS, people who use drugs are at serious risk of being left behind. This is thanks to a deadly combination of missed or absent targets and insufficient funding to end AIDS among this key population.

Our own research tells us that it would take a relatively modest reallocation of drug control spending from punitive enforcement to harm reduction to virtually end AIDS among people who inject drugs within the next 15 years. What we are seeing instead is the withdrawal of much existing funding dedicated to the HIV response among people who use drugs, a failure to meet those targets which do exist, and a reluctance to set new targets.

Leaving no-one behind has to mean what it says. Without properly addressing HIV/AIDS among people who inject drugs, the world will be failing not just them, but everyone living with HIV.

Read our full briefing for AIDS 2016.

We'll be exhibiting a poster making the case for a proper allocation of resources to ending AIDS among people who inject drugs. The poster will be on display all day on Thursday 21st July in the Poster Exhibition Area on the 1st floor. It is available for download here.

And whether or not you're there, you can help us make our case by tweeting any or all of the tweets below through the course of the conference:

2011 UN target to ↓ HIV among people who use drugs missed by 80%. No new target set. Read more http://bit.ly/2a1zXTP #AIDS2016 #leftbehind

.@UNAIDS estimate $1.5b to fast track HIV response for people who inject drugs. 75% would be #leftbehind #AIDS2016 http://bit.ly/2a1zXTP

.@UNAIDS to end @UNODC_HIV funding, UN’s only dedicated HIV capacity for people who use drugs. #leftbehind #AIDS2016 http://bit.ly/2a1zXTP

Targets missed, funding cut: people who inject drugs are being #leftbehind by the global HIV response. #AIDS2016 http://bit.ly/2a1zXTP

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