Who we are

Photo0241Uganda Harm Reduction Network (UHRN) 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.

Mission:

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;

  1. Needle and syringe exchange programmes
  2. Mobilisation for HIV testing and Counselling
  3. Referral for Antiretroviral therapy, follow-ups
  4. Referral for Prevention diagnosis  and treatment of tuberculosis
  5. Referral for Vaccination  diagnosis and treatment  of viral  hepatitis
  6. Referral for Prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted  infections
  7. Referral for opioid substitution  therapy  and other drug dependency  treatment.
  8. Condom distribution  programmes for people who use drugs  and their sexual partners
  9. 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.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. NDAHIMANA EPA.
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 11:37:40

    I support your cause though i know that the journey is still to long but ultimately there are signs for success.

    Reply

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