HIV/AIDS Advocacy Groups Ask U.N. Human Rights Chief to Support Harm-Reduction in Russia
February 14, 2011
The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA), along with more than a dozen other HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations "have asked the U.N. human rights chief [Navi Pillay] to pressure Russia to legalize the heroin substitute methadone when she visits next week amid a worsening HIV/AIDS crisis" in the country, Reuters reports. "Russia has one of the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world, fueled up to three million heroin addicts, many of whom use dirty needles, local health organizations say," according to the article, which adds that Russia's ministry of health will not finance harm-reduction methods, like access to methadone or clean needs, to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS (Ferris-Rotman, 2/10).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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