Harm Reduction Foundation
The Harm Reduction Foundation, based in Warsaw, is a leading non-governmental organization, which aims to create and develop needs-based assistance offers for users of psychoactive substances and to create an integrated assistance program.
HRF’s team has several years of experience (from 1999-2011 harm reduction program in Warsaw was run within the framework of another NGO), working mainly with long-term, injecting drug-users, people being in a disadvantaged areas, socially excluded, very often homeless, with a little chance to gain help and assistance.
The Foundation runs the biggest harm reduction program in Poland and the only one in the capital, providing support, counselling, advocacy and trainings.
HRS’s operates needle exchange program, maintains ongoing contact with incarcerated clients and those in hospitals.
A graduate of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University and Cultural Studies at University College London. Addiction treatment specialist, certificated Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centers’ counselor. Member of European AIDS Treatment Group, Polish Society for the Study of Addictions and Community Advisory Panel in the Stop Overdose Now Foundation. Harm reduction and harm prevention specialist, researcher, practitioner. Participated in many international trainings in the field of public health, protection of human rights and drug policy (Open Society Foundations scholarships - Human Rights and Drug Policy seminar at the Central European University in Budapest and Evidence-Based Drug Policy seminar at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences).
A graduate of the Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialisation at the Warsaw University. Addiction treatment specialist. Has been working in the field of harm reduction for last 15 years. A coordinator of Harm Reduction Centre Drop-in Warszawa, researcher, trainer.