Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) Project
Date : 18-Oct-2018 17:46 pm
Location : Yangon, Myanmar
Goals or Outcome of Project
1. To improve access to HIV and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs, their partners and families by supporting civil society service providers to increase the range and scope of HIV and harm reduction services.
2. To build capacity (organizational and technical) in Myanmar civil society organizations to develop preparedness for harm reduction programming at scale.
3. To support a partnership approach to HIV and harm reduction responses in Myanmar, working with decision makers, experts, Government programs and services to promote an enabling environment for evidence based responses to HIV and drug use, and to ensure a human rights-based response to the problem of HIV and drug use in Myanmar,
4. To generate and share knowledge on effective models of HIV and harm reduction programming aligned with the national context and research agenda, and informed by international examples of good practice.
The Community Action on Harm Reduction program made advocacy for the adoption of harm reduction approaches in the national response to HIV; built the capacity of civil society organizations to develop, deliver and scale up harm reduction services to PWIDs; and facilitated collaboration between stakeholders - Government agencies, civil society, public and private services and researchers.
MAHAMATE Myanmar financially and technically supported to 4 Community Based Organizations in different Townships (Yangon, Sagaing, Tamu, Moe Gaung) to initiate and implement Harm Reduction activities in Myanmar. Through CBO, harm reduction activities such as NSEP (Needle Syringe Exchange Program; OST (Opiate Substitution Therapy) Referral; Condom Distribution; Awareness rising sessions; IEC Distribution; TB Referral; Hepatitis B/C Referral; HTC (HIV Testing and Counseling) Referral; and ART Referral were provided during project period.
Partner Organizations were - (1) CSF (Charity Service for Friends) in Tamu Township, (2) YET (Youth Empowerment Team) in Yangon Township, (3) Shwe Zayar in Sagaing Township, and(4) Phoenix in Moe Gaung Township.