About the Campaign
Methadone and buprenorphine are the most-effective, most-researched medicines for treating drug addiction. However, in many countries where injection drug use drives the HIV epidemic, these medicines are largely inaccessible – or even banned outright.
The Open Society Institute’s International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) developed Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe to help raise awareness about the glaring lack of access to these lifesaving drugs.
IHRD works to reduce HIV and other harms related to injecting drug use, and to press for policies that reduce stigmatization of illicit drug users and protect their human rights. IHRD advocates for the increased availability and quality of needle exchange, medication-assisted treatment, and antiretroviral treatment for HIV. IHRD also works to reform discriminatory policies and practices and to expand the opportunities for political engagement by people who use drugs and who are living with HIV.
For more information on IHRD, see www.soros.org/harm-reduction.