An Outreach Intervention in Manipur, Injecting Drug Users and their Sexual Partners

Centre for Advocacy and Research, New Delhi
In the state of Manipur in North-Eastern India Sida has supported three NGO's- Centre for Social Development, Institute for Social Disease and Lifeline Foundation. The support has focused on outreach intervention work undertaken among injecting drug users and their sexual partners. The support from Sida lasted for nine years, from 1993 to 2002. The three organisations encountered numerous challenges and hurdles, but gained a lot of insights and experiences. Over the years they have been able to develop their capacity to fight the HIV/AIDS battle. Manipur became the first state in India to adopt the harm reduction approach. The aim of this study is to document how these three organisations have dealt with the challenge of drug use and HIV/AIDS.