Women and Harm Reduction - Global State of Harm Reduction 2018 Briefing

Publications - Released in 2018

Women are estimated to account for one third of the 275 million people who use drugs globally. Women who use drugs are consistently reported to have less access to harm reduction services and to be at higher risk of HIV and hepatitis C infection than men who use drugs. Despite these reports, robust data on this subject is scarce, and research on drug use and related health issues rarely produces information about women.

The Global State of Harm Reduction 2018 identifies a number of key issues and themes reflected across the world that limit women’s access to harm reduction services, and highlights cases of good practice.


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Thematic Areas

  • Harm reduction (PWID)


  • Harm Reduction International (HRI)