Community Action on Harm Reduction project, implemented by the Alliance with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the Netherlands (as a project number 23389), started on 1 January, 2011. The project involves work in five countries – China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malaysia – and engages a number of international technical partners. The time span of the project is four years.
The project supports the commitment of the Alliance to advance the development of evidence based responses to HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs (PWID). CAHR aims to significantly improve HIV and harm reduction services for PWID, their partners and children in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malaysia. The project will introduce essential harm reduction interventions in Kenya; improve access to community-based support services in China; increase the quality of behaviour change programming in India and Malaysia; and expand quality harm reduction services to new communities with populations of PWID in Indonesia. It is expected that by the end of 2014 more than 230,000 PWID, their partners and
children will benefit from a wide range of services (including HIV prevention, treatment and care, sexual and reproductive health and other services) designed and delivered within CAHR project. In addition, CAHR aims at protecting and promoting the rights of these groups by fostering an enabling environment for HIV and harm reduction programming in the five countries.
CAHR’s programme goal is to ensure that by the end of the project injecting drug users, their partners and children are healthier, less marginalised and more engaged in social and community life.