Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) is an ambitious project that aims to expand harm reduction services to more than 180,000 injecting drug users, their partners and children in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malaysia, over a four year period.
The programme involves people who use drugs in the design and delivery of services, and is developing advocacy plans to advance the human rights of people who use drugs. It has strong focus on building the local capacity of community based organisations and sharing knowledge about what works.
The programme, led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, is implemented by a consortium of Alliance linking organisations: the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in China, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, Rumah Cemera (Indonesia), KANCO (Kenya) and the Malaysian AIDS Council. CAHR has been made possible through a grant by the Dutch government.
IDPC is a technical partner in this project, along with a number of other national and international organisations: Alliance Ukraine, AIDS Foundation East West, Health Connections International, Harm Reduction International, INPUD and Prevention Information et Lutte contre le Sida.
IDPC is responsible for engaging with national governments and international agencies to advocate for the establishment of an enabling environment for the provision of harm reduction services. IDPC focuses its activities particularly on Kenya, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Between February and May 2011, IDPC participated in a series of country assessment visits to Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya. The aim of these visits was to gain a contextual understanding of the drug policy and harm reduction situation in these countries. The visits were also an important opportunity to meet local partners and government officials.
- In Malaysia, IDPC organised seminars on drug policy issues (including diversion from custody, harm reduction and drug policy reform) with policy makers (in particular the AADK), and organised a series of civil society advocacy workshops.
- In Indonesia, IDPC engaged with local and national civil society organisations to support civil society advocacy work, and organised workshops to build their capacity to engage in national and international drug policy debates. IDPC also engaged with the BNN, the Indonesian drug control agency, and the UNODC country office in Indonesia on issues of diversion.
- In China, IDPC organised a series of meetings with NGOs, government officials and UN agencies to discuss issues related to compulsory detention centres. We also organised a civil society advocacy workshop.
- In India, IDPC also conducted a civil society advocacy workshop and organised meetings with key government officials.
- As for Kenya, IDPC organised a workshop for NGOs to come together and strategise around drug policy and harm reduction advocacy in the country.
International-level advocacy: Support. Don't Punish
IDPC, in collaboration with international partners, launched the Support. Don't Punish campaign, a global advocacy campaign that raises awareness of the harms caused by the criminalisation of people who use drugs. The campaign now has a dedicated website, Facebook page and Twitter account. More than 100 NGOs and 2,000 individuals have brought their support to the campaign.
On 26th June 2013, we organised a Support. Don't Punish Global Day of Action at the occasion of the International Day on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The objective was to reclaim that day and call for a health and human rights based approach to drug use. Actions took place in 41 cities across the world.
We are now working with partners on the 2014 Global Day of Action. Contact us if you want to organise an action in your city!
Reports and briefing papers
- HIV, harm reduction and drug policy in Kenya
- Drug control and harm reduction in Thailand
- Drug policy in Indonesia
- Policy responses to drug issues in Malaysia
For more information about the CAHR project, please click here.