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    About HRI

    HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs. Read more about HRI’s history.

    Vision and Mission

    Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.

    Staff

    Meet our staff at HRI

    Governance

    HRI is governed by a nine person Board of Directors, elected for three-year terms of office by our membership at our Annual General Meetings. Read more about HRI governance.

    What is harm reduction?

    Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs.

    Harm reduction definition and principles in 11 languages

    Contact Us

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about our website, our work, membership or the international harm reduction conference.

    Donors

    HRI benefits from the generous support of the Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank, The Robert Carr Networks Fund and the Swiss Government.

    Harm Reduction International Awards

    HRI presents a number of awards at outr international conference to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding groups or individuals in the field.

  • Our Work

    Evidence for advocacy

    HRI produces groundbreaking research and policy analysis informing advocacy across our sector.

    Spending where it matters

    Funding for harm reduction services is dangerously short while billions are wasted on drug enforcement. HRI works to assess resourcing needs and advocates for a reinvestment in health.

    Human rights-based policy

    Human rights abuses and drug enforcement go hand in hand. HRI challenges laws, policies and practices that generate harm.

    Sector strengthening

    HRI builds advocacy coalitions and supports emerging harm reduction networks to strengthen the international harm reduction sector.

    International conference

    Harm reduction is a global movement. Our biennial gathering is the International Harm Reduction Conference, convened by HRI.

  • Global State of Harm Reduction

    Global State of Harm Reduction

    Our flagship publication is the biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. First published in 2008, it involves a coordinated effort across practitioners, academics, advocates and activists to map global data and responses to HIV and hepatitis C epidemics related to unsafe injecting and non-injecting drug use. It is the only report to provide an independent analysis of the state of harm reduction in the world. The information collated within the report is stored and regularly updated on an interactive e-tool for researchers and advocates.

    The Global State of Harm Reduction report is supplemented by regular thematic reports and advisories on key issues and emerging challenges. Please search our Resource Library for more information or join our e-list for regular updates.

    Interactive e-tool

    Global State of Harm Reduction’ e-tool is an interactive resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. Users can select countries or regions and create tables for an at-a-glance guide to the current state of harm reduction worldwide.

  • International Conferences

    International Conferences

    The 24th International Harm Reduction Conference 2015 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18–21 October, 201

    Sign up for e-updates or visit the website regularly for more information.

    You can still access the 2013 conference site for an idea of what to expect.

    Conference Archive

    Explore past international harm reduction conferences dating back to 2000.

  • Resource Library

    Resource Library

    Use our extensive resource library to search for HRI, NGO and academic reports, articles and presentations, including materials from past international conferences.

    Harm Reduction Journal

    Harm Reduction Journal, www.harmreductionjournal.com, is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.

  • Support Us

    Membership & Donations

    HRI is a membership based organisation with over 8,000 members worldwide. Read more about individual and organisational membership here.

    We rely on trusts, grants, membership fees and donations to continue our work. To make a donation or pay membership fees, please use our secure payment page.

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    Contact Us

    Harm Reduction International
    Unit 2C09 Southbank Technopark
    90 London Road
    London
    SE1 6LN  

    Tel: +44(0) 207 717 1592
    Fax: +44 (0) 207 922 8822
    Email: info@ihra.net
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News

Harm Reduction International Gets a Make-Over!

01 July 2010

On the first of July Harm Reduction International unveiled its new look by launching the new Harm Reduction International website. The new logo which encompasses red, grey and black will be visible… Read more

Harm Reduction International launches 'Complicity or Abolition? The Death Penalty and International Support for Drug Enforcement'

21 June 2010

Released in June 2010 – Complicity or Abolition? The Death Penalty and International Support for Drug Enforcement – exposes the links between the carrying out of executions and the financial… Read more

Safer Nightlife Comes into Effect in Copenhagen

17 June 2010

Fifteen bars, and clubs in Copenhagen are making an effort to live up to certain health, safety and security criteria in a bid to encourage safer drinking and improve the quality if nightlife for… Read more

Harm Reduction International Board Member is recognised on the Queen's Birthday list

14 June 2010

Dr Alex Wodak, a member of Harm Reduction International Board, has been honoured on the Queen's Birthday with an Order of Australia, MEMBER (AM) in acknowledgment of his substantial contribution to… Read more

Changes to Harm Reduction International Board

11 June 2010

Harm Reduction International is pleased to announce changes to Harm Reduction International Board of Directors. Tasnim Azim and Liza Norman have been appointed to the Board, and Marcus Day, Bill… Read more

UN body warns against reintroduction of the death penalty for drug offences in Mauritius and advocates public health interventions as an alternative

25 May 2010

UN human rights monitors have warned against the reintroduction of the death penalty for drug offences in Mauritius,  suggesting instead a range of public health interventions designed to address drug related harm in the country, including the decriminalisation and legal prescription of buprenorphine (Subutex). Harm Reduction International… Read more

Harm Reduction International launches 'The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2010' report PDF document

17 May 2010

Harm Reduction International released a study on the death penalty for drug offences today on the opening day of the 19th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice,… Read more

Harm Reduction International launches 'What is Harm Reduction' briefing, in 11 different languages PDF document

29 April 2010

Harm Reduction International has a released a collection of documents known as the 'Whats is Harm Reduction' series. These briefings have been translated into various different languages including:… Read more

Harm Reduction International launches 'The Global State of Harm Reduction 2010: Key Issues for Broadening the Response' report

28 April 2010

Global State of Harm Reduction 2010 Published in April 2010 – The Global State of Harm Reduction 2010: Key Issues for Broadening the Response – is the second major report in the series. It… Read more

IHRA launches 'Through a harm reduction lens: Civil society engagement in multilateral decision making' report PDF document

27 April 2010

The importance of civil society involvement in international policy-making and decision-making processes is widely recognised and promoted as best practice. Civil society organisations have… Read more