Who we are
Uganda Harm Reduction Network (UHRN) is a Community Based Organisation, established in 2011, Reg No. WCBO/1253/11, found by former drug users, to provide a national platform and reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with “drug use”. We seek to develop a supportive environment for the implementation and expansion of harm reduction programmes for Drug Users( sex workers, youth and IDUs) in partnerships with other stakeholders as we strive for victory in Uganda.
The vision of UHRN is the creation of a safe and secure Ugandan society that reorganizes and protects the health, social, economic and human rights of drug users”.
To reduce the health, social and economic harms associated with drug use to develop an enabling environment for the implementation and expansion of human right interventions for drug users in Uganda.
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 trafficking.
- Organize and build the capacity of drug users to take responsibility of their health, social and economic well being through economic empowerment and functional adult literacy programmes.
- Build partnership, synergy and develop leadership capacity of drug users to take charge of their programmes.
- Conduct outreaches to encourage confidential HIV testing and counselling (CHTC), dissemination of condoms, information on clean injecting equipments, information about safe sexual and injecting practices home visits to bedridden positive living drug users, document drug users experiences/stories and referrals.
- Document and expose human rights violations against drug users and call for legal protection and engage in policy reforms on laws that negatively impact on drug users.
Core values for UHRN: The driving forces that guide all actions and practices in UHRN 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.