Harm Reduction International is currently accepting tenders from capable, local partners with the capacity and enthusiasm to co-host the next Harm Reduction International Conference, to be held in May/June of 2019.
The Harm Reduction International Conference began in 1990, and was held in Liverpool, England. The city was one of the first to open needle and syringe programmes, and attracted hundreds of visitors each year who wanted to learn about the 'Mersey Harm Reduction Model'. The success of this first conference led to its establishment as an annual event held in major cities around the world. The conference helped spread the principles behind harm reduction, share knowledge and experience and build networks of harm reduction practitioners and activists to broaden the response to HIV related to unsafe injecting practices, HCV, bacterial infections and overdose. The conference also became the primary international meeting and networking point for drug user activists and organisations. Over the past two decades, the conference has been staged in Europe, Eurasia, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, with the most recent conference being held in Montreal, Canada.
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