How police, sex workers, and people who use drugs are joining forces to improve health and human rights

5 Aug 2014

"I see a sex worker as any other human being whose life I have been called to protect as a policeman. Every individual— regardless of the job he or she is doing—must be protected.”

 Jones Blantari Chief Superintendent of the Ghana Police Service’s AIDS Control Programme

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Around the world, sex workers and people who use drugs report that police are often a major impediment to accessing health and social services. In Burma, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Kyrgyzstan, police and community groups have started innovative programs to address this problem. When successfully implemented, these programs reduce the risk of HIV and drug overdose, and protect the health and human rights of these communities. 

Here’s how.

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