The objectives of the project include:
- Capacity-building to strengthen the selected organizations as they implement best practices, evidence-based interventions and strategic initiatives to work more effectively with substance users.
- Assist in implementation of best practices, evidence-based interventions and strategic initiatives to reduce transmission of HIV/AIDS and increase utilization of HIV related health services for drug users and users of other substances.
- Establish a group of drug users and users of other substances to work as peer harm reduction agents, doing advocacy on health, rights and public policies for the population using drugs at risk for HIV/AIDS.
- Advocate with local governments in the cities selected to establish partnerships and improvements in public service delivery.
- Design and revise processes and tools for use by the population using drugs and other substances so they can take full advantage of health services and other services offered by the three countries.
The ultimate goal of the project is to promote policy changes that improve the health and treatment of the population at risk for HIV/AIDS and use each country's expertise to promote south to south collaboration to leverage the policies for HIV/AIDS prevention among drug users at the Tri-border in South America.