Needle and syringe programmes
A key component of the comprehensive package is the provision of sterile injecting equipment and its safe disposal. WHO has reviewed the evidence for the effectiveness of needle and syringe programmes in the Evidence for action series.
- The Evidence for action technical paper summarises the evidence in more detail and will be useful for service providers and planners.
- The Evidence for action policy brief can be used for advocacy purposes to convince policy makers of the importance of this intervention. It is available in a number of languages.
The practical Guide to starting and managing needle and syringe programmes helps countries and project managers in the implementation and scale-up phase of their programme.
Evidence for action technical paper
Effectiveness of sterile needle and syringe programming in reducing HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users 2004
Evidence for action policy brief
Provision of sterile injecting equipment to reduce HIV transmission 2004
Guide to starting and managing needle and syringe programmes 2007