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Global Cooperation in Action: Success Stories from Harm Reduction Programs in Iran

The Rome Consensus 2.0 proudly underscores a significant initiative conducted by the Villa Maraini Foundation and the Iranian Red Crescent Society, with the support of the EU Commission EuropeAid Programme. Over the past three years, this project has made substantial strides in delivering harm reduction treatment and care services to drug users in vulnerable situations across Tehran, Fars, and Kermanshah.

The efforts of the Villa Maraini Foundation have been primarily directed towards enhancing the IRCS’s capabilities to provide crucial health and social services. This represents a significant shift in Iran’s drug policy approach. The recent training sessions, a continuation of our commitment to humane and evidence-based solutions, have demonstrated significant positive changes and outcomes from our collaborative efforts.

Despite cultural and policy challenges, this kind of project has evolved from basic prevention strategies to the implementation of comprehensive harm reduction programs, now reaching 1.5 million citizens in Iran. This transformation highlights the effectiveness of international cooperation and humanitarian diplomacy in making a tangible difference.

Dr. Massimo Barra, the founder of the Rome Consensus 2.0, was prominently involved in the training workshop, reinforcing the partnership between the Villa Maraini Foundation and the Iranian Red Crescent Society.1 His participation underscores the collaborative spirit and international cooperation fundamental to the RC2 humanitarian drug policy reform approach. His presence is an inspiring reminder of the power of shared vision and collective effort.

We invite you to join us in supporting these life-transforming initiatives. By embracing the Rome Consensus 2.0 Statement, you can help us advocate for policy changes that save lives and restore hope.

  1. IFRC committed to assist IRCS. (2024, April 17). Tehran Times. ↩︎