ASSOCIATION FOR HARM REDUCTION EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Is a registered body of multi-disciplinary medical professionals from diverse specialties, who share a collective common vision for increasing the public awareness of harms resulting due to various human behaviors associated with tobacco consumption, narcotics, alcohol, and obesity.
A unifying platform for engaging multiple stakeholders from policy makers, health practitioners, academics, social and behavioral scientists and representatives of advocacy bodies and NGO’s and enabling network building to facilitate knowledge sharing, exchange of ideas and overarching partnerships on the issue of harm reduction measures and strategies. With the constantly evolving public health landscape in India, there is a compelling need for medical professionals to lead the policy discourse embedded with scientific evidence-based in the country.
The key objectives of AHRER
To contribute to the improvement of public health awareness by educating Indian public on health, and related domains including familial, social, financial and societal consequences of tobacco consumption, narcotics, alcohol, and obesity.
To enable and facilitate public discussion through platforms/forums/ on policy measures concerned with harm reduction strategies to tobacco consumption, narcotics, alcohol, and obesity with inclusive participation from multiple stake holders.
To promote and disseminate evidence-based harm reduction science through conduction of international and national level conferences, symposiums, and continuous medical education programs in training institutions of medicine, dental and allied sciences.
To generate research evidence through quantitative, qualitative, participatory action research studies based to advocate for science/evidence directed harm reduction policies, environments which represent the spectrum of diverse population groups and address multiple issues emerging in the country with huge cultural diversity.
To organize trainings and capacity building workshops for diverse partners of harm reduction science including medical and dental and AYUSH professionals, social and behavioral scientists, NGO’s, community volunteers, youth clubs, schools and colleges, workplaces, vulnerable population groups, general public etc.
To engage with policymakers and thought leaders and make all efforts to include science based harm reduction practices in public policies and laws especially in the spheres of tobacco, alcohol and narcotics
To collaborate with global network of scientists to engage in innovating harm reduction aids, strategies applicable and centered for specific scenarios in the country