Middle East & North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA)
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||Youssef Hayek Street,
BBAC Bldg – Sin El Fil,
|Region:||Middle East and Northern Africa|
|UN Languages:||English, Arabic, French|
Other:'Human rights and health'
||Upon the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the International Harm Reduction Association (HRI) and with funding from the Drosos foundation under the title “Strengthening the role of civil society organizations in harm reduction in the Middle East and North Africa”. With the overarching public health goal of contributing to stabilizing and decreasing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the region through addressing the needs of the population of drug users for HIV prevention, treatment and care services, MENAHRA was launched in 2007. MENAHRA is a network of knowledge hubs and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) focusing on harm reduction strategies in the Middle East and North African regions.
The secretariat of the network is located in Beirut and the three knowledge hubs are based respectively in Iran (KH-INCAS), Morocco (KH-Arrazi) and Lebanon (KH-SIDC).
The network intends to help create a conducive environment for the implementation and scaling up of harm reduction activities in the countries of the Region through advocacy, information and training. It also builds capacity and enhances knowledge and skills of Governments and CSOs to deliver harm reduction services for drug users. Furthermore it supports CSOs and model programs that are capable to demonstrate feasibility and effectiveness of harm reduction activities in their region. This is done to increase the access of people who inject drugs to harm reduction services in the region.
Thus, MENAHRA has a program of activities that includes advocacy and capacity building to increase political and social commitment for HIV prevention among drug users, including the commitment of the necessary resources, and fostering the set-up of national programs and inclusion of harm reduction in national HIV policy agendas.
Until present MENAHRA has reached around 1800 persons by organizing more than 30 training workshops on harm reduction with a further 35 educational sessions on the topic. Furthermore they organized One Regional Conference, 25 electronic newsletters, one TV spot, one petition, in addition to a huge number of site visits and participation to seminars and conferences tackling this field.