Named for the Hindi word for ‘heart,’ the Hridaya programme expands harm reduction services for people who inject drugs (PWID), their partners and families and fosters an enabling environment by protecting and promoting their rights.
The programme leverages the existing government investment in HIV prevention for PWID and builds NGO capacity to expand services to include a full range of harm reduction interventions.
Hridaya is funded by the Government of Netherlands and is part of the five-country Community Action on Harm Reduction initiative. The programme in India complements and supplements the services of Targeted Interventions (TIs) in selected states. TIs are at the centre of the HIV prevention approach for PWID adopted by the Department of AIDS Control and implemented by State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) around the country.
Hridaya has a strong focus on building the capacity of partner organisations to effectively implement harm reduction activities. The programme involves PWID in the design and delivery of services and is endeavouring to make interventions more gender-responsive. Hridaya demonstrates how it is possible to reach a greater number of PWID more effectively by leveraging existing TIs as a foundation on which to build and scale-up harm reduction programming.
Hridaya works in partnership with 34 organisations to augment existing capacity and fill implementation gaps in harm reduction in the states of Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu, and Manipur. By the end of 2014, the programme will reach more than 50,000 beneficiaries, including more than 10,000 PWID.