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Drug Use and Harm Reduction Model: Responding to the Health Challenge of Injecting Drug Users in Bangladesh


  • Sonia Sharmin


This paper attempts to investigate the application of Harm Reduction Model that is largely in practice, in the context of Bangladesh. The Injective Drug Users (IDU) is considered to be most susceptible to blood borne diseases and Harm Reduction approach is vital in containing the epidemic of such contagion and depleting the threat eventually. This paper applies mixed methods to identify the commitment and activity of Drop in Centres (DIC¡¯s) of major NGOs, which are locally and globally funded, with the support of local government to attain the Health Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 2021. The paper is investigative to the operational effectiveness of Harm Reduction Model and suggestive to social policy development.

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  • Sonia Sharmin, 2013. "Drug Use and Harm Reduction Model: Responding to the Health Challenge of Injecting Drug Users in Bangladesh," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 1(2), pages 93-103, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:1:y:2013:i:2:p:93-103

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    Harm Reduction Model; Injective Drug User; Drop in Center; HIV; HCV;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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