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The key principles of a harm reduction approach

In this video, Palani Narayanan from Global Fund speaks about some core principles of harm reduction

After hearing several experts describing Harm Reduction and looking into some definitions, you might be gaining an understanding that it is not so easy to capture all of what Harm Reductions stands, into one notion.

However, the concept remains very simple and is founded on very clear principles. Let’s dive into some of these principles with Palani Narayanan.

Before watching the video, take a moment to think about the previous steps and see if you can extract some of core principles that have come up before.

After watching the video, can you think of some other principles or values that define Harm Reduction?


Below, you can download a briefing paper from the Harm Reduction Coalition. It presents 8 core principles and it touches on the principles of ‘risk, set and setting’, which we will expand upon in the next topic of this course: ‘The public health dimension of drug use and harm reduction’

You can also find a link to the Harm Reduction Coalition’s website below.

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