Objective 2: To scale up harm reduction service in the EU, based on Latvian and Lithuanian case-studies.


The scale-up of harm reduction was actively supported by decision-makers and professionals. The outreach work being done among vulnerable groups by qualified workers equipped with proper knowledge and tools. Its work produced reliable data and evidence-based training tools to be used with various audiences and in various contexts. The outreach work was supported through a mobile unit pilot project.

Additional deliverables

Reports of functioning and best Practices

  • Report on the training package, including three face-to-face activities: seminars, study visits and workshops
  • Report on the first- and second-year functioning of the mobile unit as an exportable example, including a proposal of sustainability of the initiative after the conclusion of the HA-REACT Joint Action (Latvia).

Guidelines and Manuals

  • Guideline on population size estimates of People who inject drugs
  • "EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUG-RELATED HARMS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK". Booklet which is an approach to drug harm reduction: policies and interventions aimed at reducing drug-related harm for people who use drugs.

Educational Material

  • Audiovisual material: "What is Harm Reduction?" Video explaining what harm reduction is and how it benefits people who use drugs, as well as their families and communities.
  • Brochure: "What is Harm Reduction for people who use drugs?" 

Lead: Luis Sordo del Castillo (Universidad Complutense), Spain,

Outputs & activities

  • Assessment of people who inject drugs (PWID) epidemiology and HR interventions, and identification of needs/barriers to HR implementation in Latvia and Lithuania;
  • Training package for care providers and policy-makers on key HR interventions, including face-to-face training, and guidelines and manuals;
  • Direct support to HR interventions in Latvia and Lithuania.

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