A Call to Action: People before politics: HR19 call to action on harm reduction funding and Global Fund replenishment

Presented by UNITE, together with Naomi Burke-Shyne, Executive Director, Harm Reduction International, the Call to Action was signed by the 15 parliamentarians present, including UNITE’s President, Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite.

The Call to Action mainly states the need of replenishing the Global Fund in order to adequately fight infectious diseases, namely those that affect people who use drugs:

  • Funding and political support for harm reduction is in crisisin many countries around the world. Harm reduction is evidence-based, cost effective and has a positive impact on individual and community health. While harm reduction is far broader than HIV prevention, this call to action centres on galvanising urgent action to secure a strong 6th replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, in recognition of the significant impact of HIV and TB on people who use drugs.
  • As advocates, activists, researchers, donors and policy makers from around the world gather in Porto, Portugal, for the 26th Harm Reduction International conference (HR19), we take this opportunity to express our concern that people who use drugs have been left behind in the fight to end AIDS by 2030.