Of the 16 million people who inject drugs worldwide, around three million are living with HIV and two-thirds are living with hepatitis C. People who inject drugs also account for one-third of all HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Although some countries start focusing on implementing more humane and effective drug policies, the majority follows the traditional ‘war on drug’ approach. Instead of giving people who use drugs access to health care, they punish or ignore them. This deteriorates their health as unsafe injecting or sexual practices and inadequate health treatment increases HIV and other health risks.
The Harm Reduction Consortium delivers a coordinated set of activities at national, regional and international level to build community and political support for harm reduction, drug policy reform and the human rights of people who use drugs. The overarching mission of this Consortium is to end HIV transmission among people who inject drugs by promoting better policy environments and the scale-up of quality, effective harm reduction services.