The theme of HRIC 2013 was The Value/s of Harm Reduction, which reflected the urgent need to provide sufficient political and financial support to address the HIV epidemic driven by injecting drug use in many parts of the world, as well as the ethical basis of the harm reduction philosophy.
On this page you’ll be able to read the Daily Update magazines, which gave live reports from each day of the conference — as well as pictures, videos and more!
IHRC Vilnius Daily Updates
Cyndee Clay, executive director of the sex workers’ support organisation HIPS, tells the conference to ‘open your minds to the reality of sex work’, as well as sessions from former Polish president Aleksander Kwaśniewski and former British health secretary Lord Norman Fowler. Read these stories and more below:
Anastasia Teper of VOCAL-NY, a New York-based drug users’ union, discusses empowerment, campaigning and ending the war on drugs, as well as sessions from Sean Cassin of Ireland’s Drug Policy Action Group and Lithuania’s health minister Vytenis Povilas Anriukaitis. Read these stories and more below:
HRI executive director Rick Lines tells the Daily Update about some of the key themes and highlights of this year’s conference, plus interviews with Dr Emilis Subata of the Vilnius Centre for Addictive Disorders and John Miller of the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS. Read more below:
See it! Conference images:
Share it! Tweets from the conference:
Winner of the IHRC Film Festival 2013
This groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the difficult realities faced by young drug users in Nepal and the barriers they face in accessing drug services they often desperately need. The film was directed and produced by Youth RISE’s Bikash and Nikhil Gurung during a nationwide research project and is the first time these issues have been aired and documented providing a unique insight through their access to Nepal’s young drug using community.
A brief interview with John Peter Kools, the Chair of Harm Reduction International at the Harm Reduction 2013 conference.
Part of the International Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival 2013.