Project RAS/H13 "Prevention of Transmission of HIV among Drug Users in SAARC Countries" is being implemented by UNODC ROSA, in partnership with governments and civil society partners in the SAARC region.
In June 2005, the project initiated the task of carrying out Rapid Situation and Response Assessments (RSRA) with its Partner NGOs across SAARC countries. The objective was to gather current drug use related information, which would be instrumental in designing appropriate interventions to respond to the Drug/HIV vulnerability in the region and in addressing the current needs of the drug using population.
The standardized steps for conducting a RSRA are:
Collection of secondary data
Collection of primary data
Observation: unstructured, structured
Key Informant Interviews
Focus Group Discussions
1:1 Interviews with Drug Users
1:1 Interviews with Regular Sexual Partners of Drug Users
Validation of data
Dissemination of RSRA findings to the primary community and key stakeholders
Redesign of interventions on the basis of RSRA findings
For further information on RSRA, please refer to
Module 1: Introduction to 'HIV intervention tool-kit' and 'Basics of conducting rapid situation and response assessment'.