24th International Harm Reduction Conference, Kuala Lumpur

Aug 14, 2015

Harm Reduction International and the Malaysian AIDS Council are pleased to hold the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur from October 18-21st.  The four day event will bring together up to 1,000 people from 70 countries to participate in a diverse and exciting programme of panel discussions, training workshops, group discussions and film/video presentations.
This year’s theme – ‘Call for Leadership’ – reflects the urgent need to address critical issues faced by the harm reduction response.  
Confirmed speakers for the 24 International Harm Reduction Conference include:
  • Lambert Grijns, Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS
  • Anand Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
  • Rico Gustav, Global Network of People Living with HIV
    ·         Dr Carl Hart, Columbia University
  • Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Dr Michel Kazatchkine, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Annie Madden, Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
     
  • Juan E Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis

Conference sessions will address cutting edge themes including the

  • Harm reduction and stimulants
  • Ending the death penalty for drug offences
  • Grassroots advocacy and activism by people who use drugs
  • Hepatitis C prevention and treatment
  • New developments in safer injecting facilities
  • Alternatives to compulsory drug detention in Asia
  • Drug policy reform and UNGASS 2016
  • Harm reduction in Asia
  • Drugs and the internet 
  • Overdose response
  • Harm reduction and image and performance enhancing drugs

We are also excited to present our first ever major session on harm reduction for crack and other stimulants in Latin America, sponsored by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Brazil.  We will also have session on Harm Reduction and Policing sponsored by UNODC and on Hepatitis C sponsored by WHO.

Our interactive Dialogue Space will provide a venue for small group discussions on key topics.  The conference will again offer a stream of small group training and skills building workshops as well as the always popular conference Film and Video Festival.
Register now and be part of the largest international gathering of the harm reduction community.