Harm Reduction International, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) are pleased to announce the awarding of a major joint grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The grant for theperiod October 2011 to March 2012 brings together these three global organisations working on drug policy and health issues to implement a joint programme of activities to support improved HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care amongst injecting drug users.

The goal of the joint project is to create national and international legal, policy and funding environments that enable and promote the implementation and scale up of HIV prevention, treatment and care for people who inject drugs. The three organisations will work towards this goal through a collaborative and integrated programme of research, advocacy and support for strengthening regional and national civil society partners, including support for the development of drug user organisations. These activities will focus on regions where injecting drug use is already a significant factor in the HIV epidemic (Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Middle East/North Africa, South and South-East Asia), and  also regions where the conditions exist for potential future epidemics (Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America).

Due to the visionary support of DFID, who have encouraged us to work in this collaborative manner, we now have a shared platform to develop and expand our activities, and an efficient vehicle for the investment of donor resources in technical support and capacity building within the drug policy and HIV/AIDS sector. We look forward to working with civil society and government partners on this important challenge in the coming months and years.