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Our partners in South Africa

Since 2014, Mainline has been supporting harm reduction projects in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. It was previously done through TB/HIV Care and OUT LGBT Wellbeing (OUT). As of 2020, the work in Pretoria is carried out through Foundation for Professional development (FPD).

In 2014/2015, South African organisations TB/HIV Care and OUT mapped selected areas of Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria to prepare for harm reduction projects in these cities. They have estimated the number of people who inject drugs as well as identified where users could be reached by carrying out outreach work. In 2015, TB/HIV Care and OUT launched the Step Up Project: an HIV prevention and harm reduction project for people who inject drugs. OUT later changed the name of their harm reduction work to HARMless Project.


Foundation for Professional development

FPD has been an established organisation in South Africa for over 22 years. Originally, FPD was a Private Higher learning Institute registered with the department of Higher Education in South Africa whose vison is to build a better society through education and capacity development. FPD’s vision is to catalyse social change by developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions. FPD’s innovative and visionary approach has led to multiple PEPFAR funding agreements since 2007. As of 2016, FPD secured a PEPFAR funding – through CDC – for Programmatic implementation and Technical Assistance (TA) for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention, Care and Treatment Services that includes key populations. In October 2018, FPD was identified as the primary recipient to oversee the CDC funded People Who Inject Drugs programme with OUT Well-Being as sub award grantee. FPD took responsibility for the continued implementation of the harm reduction programme in October 2019 and ,as of 2020, the total responsibility of the ongoing HARMless project in Pretoria, Gauteng province, will be under the guardianship of FPD.

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Contact

Country Manager for South Africa: Muna Handulle

E-mail: m.handulle@mainline.nl


With the HARMless project, FPD offers people who inject drugs:

  • Needle and syringe distribution, collection and disposal;
  • HIV counselling and testing;
  • Referral for antiretroviral therapy and HIV care and support;
  • Prevention of, screening, treatment and/or referral for treatment of STIs;
  • Condom and lubricant distribution;
  • Targeted information, education and communication for PWID and their sexual partners;
  • Prevention, screening and referral for the diagnosis and treatment of TB
  • Referral for drug treatment and OST;
  • Prevention, screening and testing for hepatitis B and C;
  • Drop in Centre with shower, meals, movie screening, group discussions and soon also including counselling and group support.

Future plans include the expansion of the HARMless project to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga province and an assessment on meaningful peer involvement in harm reduction programmes.

Advocacy work at FPD includes hosting community advisory meetings by and for people who use drugs and the sensitisation of law enforcement workers and other stakeholders to help them understand the harm reduction approach. FPD also continues to support the continuation of the female community advisory group meetings and the regional network of people who use drugs, Drug Users of Gauteng (DUG).

Read more about FPD

TB/HIV Care

TB/HIV Care has been working in South Africa since 1929. The Non-Profit Organisation aims at preventing, finding and treating HIV and TB in the general population as well as in key groups such as inmates, sex workers and people who inject drugs.

Their work with PWID started in 2014. Services for people injecting drugs are currently offered in Cape Town and Durban. Advocacy activities are carried out nationally and locally in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Service delivery activities include:

  • Needle and syringe distribution, collection and disposal;
  • HIV counselling and testing;
  • Referral for antiretroviral therapy and HIV care and support;
  • Prevention of, screening, treatment and/or referral for the treatment of STIs;
  • Condom and lubricant distribution;
  • Targeted information, education and communication for PWID and their sexual partners;
  • Prevention, screening and referral for diagnosis and treatment of TB;
  • Prevention, screening and testing for hepatitis B and C.


In 2017, TB/HIV Care will start offering services in a Drop in Centre, open to sex workers and people who use drugs. The drop in centre will offer showers, counselling, basic medical services, support groups, assistance in securing identity documents and assistance with social grant applications.

TB/HIV Care carries out the bulk of advocacy activities financed by Mainline in South Africa. Some of these activities are:

  • Recording human rights abuses and writing up reports to be used in advocacy with law enforcement and other stakeholders;
  • Publishing on harm reduction approach and drug policy reform on social and formal media: Facebook, Twitter, emerging social media, local, news regular drug policy newsletters;
  • Organising events to debate Drug Policies and promote change, such as the SA Drug Policy Week event. Read more 
  • Lecturing, training and interacting with medical students, medical professionals, social workers and community policing forums;
  • Supporting the establishment of DUCT (Drug Users of Cape Town), a regional network of people who use drugs.

Advocacy plans for 2017 include expanding the recording of human rights abuses, expanding drug user networks and developing paralegal work for PWUD to access legal services. 

Read more about TB/HIV Care


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