Harm Reduction Academy is a global learning, dialogue and skills building course established with the vision to end AIDS and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs.
Inspired by the successes in response to HIV epidemic in some of the most challenging settings, contrasted by the emergence of injecting use-driven epidemic in new settings, the course combines decades of practical experience and most recent developments in effective and impactful responses.
We have formed a partnership of leading program developers and lecturers, individuals from inside the drug using community, clinical experts to conduct a practical learning course on harm reduction – Harm Reduction Academy – in diverse drug using contexts and response modalities.
Over the course of six months, three exciting weeks will be dedicated to lecture hours, combined with practical field visits in three countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Course participants will learn:
- how to evaluate the needs of a given drug using community and how to effectively develop response programs#
- which interventions and their combinations have the highest capacity of epidemic impact in the given context;
- how to allocate the scarce resources most effectively with maximum health and social outcome;
- how to reach to drug users and motivate behavior change and link them to key medical services insuring adherence.
Harm Reduction Academy will bring together individuals with a mix of international backgrounds ensuring professional and cultural diversity in the classroom and the field. We hope that the participation in the Academy itself will lead to establishment of effective networks and joint global harm reduction initiatives by the alumni.
The dates of Cycle 3 are:
Module 1 (Kyiv, Ukraine): 27 February – 3 March 2017
Module 2 (New Delhi, India): 24 – 28 April 2017
Module 3 (Nairobi, Kenya): 12 – 16 June 2017