Who we are
Uganda Harm Reduction (UHR) is an NGO established in 2011, Reg No. 181733 found by former drug users, to provide a national platform and reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with “drug use”. UHR seeks to provide a national platform for health and policy programs that promote good practices and advocate for the development of a supportive environment for the implementation and expansion of harm reduction programs for People Who Use Drugs (sex workers, youth and IDUs) in partnership with other stakeholders in Uganda.
Vision: A Ugandan society where People Who Use Drugs are empowered to make informed decisions on the effects of drugs and substance use and live a life that gives them hope.
To improve the health and socio-economic well-being of People Who Use Drugs by offering prevention and intervention services aimed at reducing the harms associated with drug use.
Objectives: We work to;
- Promote access to comprehensive care and support services such as; TB and cancer screening, psychosocial support, HIV, SRHR, Hepatitis B, C treatment and how to deal with issues of overdose, unsafe injecting practices and drug trafficking.
- Organize and build the capacity of People Who Use Drugs to take responsibility of their health, social and economic wellbeing through economic empowerment and functional adult literacy programmes.
- Building of partnerships, synergy and develop leadership capacity/skills building People for drug users by developing and providing tools, training space and support on issues such as prevention, health interventions and policies, ethics, and technologies at all levels.
- Conduct outreaches, referrals and follow-ups to encourage confidential HIV testing and counselling (CHTC), dissemination of condoms, information on clean injecting practices, safe sexual education and home visits to bedridden drug users.
- Advocate communicate, document and disseminate drug users’ stories and experiences to back up our advocacy work, policy analysis, research and consultations with key stakeholders both locally and internationally.
A Comprehensive UHR’s Health Care interventions for People Who Use Drugs;
- Needle and syringe exchange programmes
- Mobilisation for HIV testing and Counselling
- Referral for Antiretroviral therapy, follow-ups
- Referral for Prevention diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis
- Referral for Vaccination diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis
- Referral for Prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Referral for opioid substitution therapy and other drug dependency treatment.
- Condom distribution programmes for people who use drugs and their sexual partners
- Sharing information, education and communication for people who use drugs.
No single activity will prevent or reverse HIV epidemics but the greatest impact can be achieved if all these nine interventions are implemented as a package.
Core values for UHR: The driving forces that guide all actions and practices at UHR are:-
- Social justice, protection and recognition in society
- Love and respect for one another.
- Support and care for one another
- Honesty in all our undertakings
- Empathy for each other as drug users
- Sharing the available resources.