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About HRI

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.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.

Staff

Meet our staff at HRI

Governance

HRI is governed by a nine person Board of Directors, elected for three-year terms.

What is harm reduction?

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.

Harm reduction definition and principles in 12 languages

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about our website, our work, membership or the international harm reduction conference.

Donors

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.

Harm Reduction International Awards

HRI presents a number of awards at outr international conference to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding groups or individuals in the field.

Strategic Plan

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug policies, laws and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights

Our Work

Evidence for advocacy

HRI produces groundbreaking research and policy analysis informing advocacy across our sector.

Spending where it matters

Funding for harm reduction services is dangerously short while billions are wasted on drug enforcement. HRI works to assess resourcing needs and advocates for a reinvestment in health.

Harm Reduction Decade

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.

10 by 20 Campaign

We are calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources currently spent on ineffective punitive responses to drugs and invest it in harm reduction by 2020.

Human rights-based policy

Human rights abuses and drug enforcement go hand in hand. HRI challenges laws, policies and practices that generate harm.

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

HRI monitors the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.

Sector strengthening

HRI builds advocacy coalitions and supports emerging harm reduction networks to strengthen the international harm reduction sector.

International conference

Harm reduction is a global movement. Our biennial gathering is the International Harm Reduction Conference, convened by HRI.

News

News and Announcements

Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

Global State of Harm Reduction

Global State of Harm Reduction

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.

Interactive e-tool

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.

Resource Library

Resource Library

Use our extensive resource library to search for HRI, NGO and academic reports, articles and presentations, including materials from past international conferences.

Harm Reduction Journal

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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Harm Reduction International
Unit 2C09 Southbank Technopark
90 London Road
London
SE1 6LN  

Tel: +44(0) 207 717 1592
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HR19

Conference 2019

The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) which will take place April 28-May 1 in Porto, Portugal at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre.

Register to attend HR19 here.

Sector strengthening

Harm reduction has always been grassroots and civil society driven. A strong and active harm reduction sector is essential for achieving our vision of a world where individuals and their families benefit from drugs laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.

Meaningful civil society engagement and the full participation of people who use drugs and other affected communities are also vital for transparency, accountability, and sound policy making.

Harm reduction works to strengthen our sector and promote civil society engagement in three main ways:

Convening the international harm reduction conference

Harm reduction is a global movement. Every two years we gather at the International harm reduction conference organised by HRI. It is the world’s largest international drugs conference and the global hub for our sector.

Building advocacy coalitions

HRI works to bring harm reduction, human rights and drug policy advocates together around key issues, from increasing attention to underserved groups in harm reduction responses to human rights abuses committed in the context of drug enforcement.

A UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs has been announced for 2016; a once in a generation opportunity to change direction in drug control. HRI is co-ordinating civil society groups to ensure that harm reduction becomes the foundational principle of the next decade of international drug policy, and for the scale up of harm reduction resourcing to 10% of enforcement spend by 2020. See "Spending where it matters" page.

Supporting emerging networks

We have been supporting emerging networks since 2007 through small grants, technical and developmental advice and fundraising assistance. From 2007 to 2012 we helped significantly increase donor contributions to harm reduction networking and advocacy and we have helped establish a number of regional and thematic networks including the Middle Eastern and North African Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) and Youth RISE.

HRI acts as the secretariat for the European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) which we helped found in 2011.

Click here for more information about regional and thematic harm reduction networks and links to our partners’ websites.

Featured Resources:

Step by Step ToolkitStep-by-Step Toolkit

2014 European Harm Reduction Conference

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