Hungarian needle and syringe exchange programs are facing financial problems because the government is not budgeting enough money for harm reduction services. Experts predict this could result in dramatically increased prevalence of HIV/AIDS among injection drug users- such as that currently being experienced in Romania.
Hungarian NGOs can bid for three-year state grants (6 million HUF a year) for harm reduction services (“low-threshold programs”). Because a new funding period began in 2012, the government could select a different set of grantee organizations.
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