IHRA Awards

IHRA Awards- International Harm Reduction Association

Every year at the International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, IHRA gives the following awards to acknowledge groups or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of harm reduction:

The International Rolleston Award
The National Rolleston Award
The Travis Jenkins Award
Film Award

The International Rolleston Award
Since the 3rd International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (Melbourne, 1992), this award has been presented each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to reducing drug or alcohol related harm at an international level on a global basis.

The awards are named after Sir Humphrey Rolleston, President of the Royal College of Physicians who chaired the UK Departmental Committee on Morphine and Heroin Addiction. In 1926 this committee determined that it was legitimate medial practice to prescribe heroin or morphine to people dependent on those drugs. This decision epitomises the humane and pragmatic approach to drug problems and was a landmark event in the history of harm reduction.

The winners of this award are chosen by the IHRA Executive Committee.

Previous Winners:
1992 Dave Purchase on behalf of North American Syringe Exchange (USA)
1993 Ernie Drucker (USA)
1994 Alex Wodak (Australia)
1995 Anne Coppell (France)
1996 Aaron Peake (Nepal)
1997 Luigi Ciotti (Italy)
1998 Nick Crofts (Australia)
1999 Jean-Paul Grund (Netherlands)
2000 Pat O’Hare (Italy)
2001 Fabio Mesquita (Brazil)
2002 Ethan Nadelmann (USA)
2003 Ambros Uchtenhagen (Switzerland)
2004 Anya Sarang (Russia)
2005 Zunyou Wu (China)
2006 Dr. Robert Newman (USA)
2007 Dr Vladimir Mendelevich (Russia)


The National Rolleston Award
Since the 3rd International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (Melbourne, 1992), this award has been presented each year to an individual or group who have made an outstanding contribution to reducing drug or alcohol related harm at the national level in the country that is hosting the conference.

The awards are named after Sir Humphrey Rolleston, President of the Royal College of Physicians who chaired the UK Departmental Committee on Morphine and Heroin Addiction. In 1926 this committee determined that it was legitimate medial practice to prescribe heroin or morphine to people dependent on those drugs. This decision epitomises the humane and pragmatic approach to drug problems and was a landmark event in the history of harm reduction.

The winners of this award are chosen by the conference’s Local Organising Committee.

Previous winners:
1992 Les Drew (Australia)
1993 Wijnand Mulder (Netherlands)
1994 Catherine Hankins (Canada)
1995 San Giuliano Unità di Strada (Italy)
1996 The Australian IV League (Australia)
1997 Alain Mucchielli (France)
1998 Tarcisio Andrade (Brazil)
1999 André Seidenberg (Switzerland)
2000 Mike Wavell (Jersey)
2001 Jimmy Dorabjee (India)
2002 Tatja Kostnapfel-Rihtar (Slovenia)
2003 Mae Chan Project (Thailand)
2004 Tony Trimingham (Australia)
2005 Des Flannagan (Northern Ireland)
2006 The Drug User Advisory Group (Canada)
2007 Marek Zygadlo (Poland)

The Travis Jenkins Award
Since the 15th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (Belfast, 2005), this award has been presented each year to a current or former injecting drug user who has made an outstanding contribution to reducing drug related harm.

The awards are named after the extraordinary jazz musician and composer who died of cancer in 2004. Travis Jenkins overcame a heroin addiction in order to marry and raise two sons, travel around the world with his anthropologist wife and create his music.

The winner of this award is chosen by an IHRA panel (chaired by the Honorary President, Pat O’Hare) and receives a cheque for $500US – kindly donated by the family and friends of Travis Jenkins.

Previous winners:
2005 Paisan Suwannawong (Thailand)
2006 Jason Farrell (USA)
2007 Alexandra (Sasha) Volgina (Russia)

Film Award
Film Festival logoThis award is jointly presented by IHRA and the Centre for Harm Reduction at the Burnet Institute, Australia. At the climax of the harm reduction film festival (part of the annual International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm), this award is given to the best film or documentary on an issue relating to the reduction of drug related harm. For more about the harm reduction film festival, please visit Centre for Harm Reduction (CHR) website.

Previous winners:
2004: “Hi Dad” – Theresa Wynnyk & Sherry McKibben (Canada)
2005: “Mohammad and the Matchmaker” – Maziar Bahari (Iran)
2006: “Worth Saving” – Gretchen Hildebran & Leah Wolchok (USA)
2007: “FrontAids” – Eugene Zaharov and Sergey Bogatyrev (Russia)