HArm Reduction Project (HARP)

 

Background:

Rutgers WPF initiated Phase one of GFATM R-9 HArm Reduction Programme (HARP) on HIV Prevention for Injecting Drug Users (IDUs). An alarming increase has been observed during last few years i.e. HIV prevalence increased from 20.8% in 2008 to 36.4 % in 2012. Service delivery and National Aids Control Programme’s (NACP) referral mechanism for referring IDU’s with HIV is needed to be more channelized.

Rutgers WPF Pakistan recruited Site Managers and established Continuum of Prevention and Care (CoPC) sites in three districts of Punjab province, Pakistan [i.e. Gujrat, Kasur & Jehlum] for service delivery to IDU’s for HIV Reduction. In January 2012, Nai Zindagi (NZ), the principal recipient facilitated the first orientation training on project activities to Rutgers WPF’s project staff. In March 2012, three sites started their operations and were ready for initiating service delivery of syringe exchange program. HIV prevention packages started for clients services like voluntarily confidential counseling and testing - VCCT, spouse counseling and testing, basic health and hygiene facilities (both services & referrals) were provided.

Objectives:

This project is an effort to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by HIV and AIDS.

Implementation Strategy:

HArm Reduction Project (HARP) seeks to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan. The project aims to provide comprehensive HIV prevention and harm reduction services to injecting drug users (IDUs), their spouses and partners, in 5 selected districts of the province of Punjab. HARP will provide services in Jhelum, Gujrat, Kasur, PakPatan and Lodhran.

The package of IDU services or CoPC includes needle and syringe exchange to minimize HIV transmission risks. Early HIV detection and referral among IDUs and associated populations will be accomplished through CoPC community-based sites encompassing Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing services.

Target Group:

Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)

Geographical Outreach:

Gujrat, Kasur & Jhelum

Partner Organization:

Nai Zindagi

Donor:

Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM)