At the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference, Mainline organised a packed side event called ‘Future Proofing Harm Reduction’, together with AFEW, AidsFonds, INPUD and others. The rationale behind the side event was the need we see to promote harm reduction as a broad approach- not just as a set of HIV-related interventions.

The event showed that organisations need to start thinking creatively about how to embed harm reduction in other themes besides HIV prevention. A new narrative is needed, and novel approaches are sought in order to ensure harm reduction stays future-proof. Because without a harm reduction approach that safeguards people’s human rights, that enables access to male and female users equally and that ensures a continuum of care for people who use drugs, governments won’t be able to achieve their targets under the sustainable development goals (SDG’s). 

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