Post-graduate Student Dissertation Questionnaire - Harm Reduction Programs in Iran

Post-graduate Student Dissertation Questionnaire - Harm Reduction Programs in Iran

Ms. Leila Moeeni is a post-graduate student at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex who is doing her dissertation on harm reduction programs in Iran to see if there is/was any provisions applied for adolescent who got involved in the drug related issues.

In one of her chapters she is going to review the good practices in the MENA region and also the current/dominant approach in the harm reduction programs for youth.

MENAHRA is helping Ms. Leila in disseminating the dissertation questionnaire in the MENA region, your valuable insight based on your professional expertise, would be very helpful.

 Your contribution is highly appreciated as soon as possible on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read Leila’s questionnaire below.



This is Leila, I started a master programs last Oct. with Essex Human Right Centre.

 During my postgraduate study I had an opportunity to work with International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy as a research associate and draft a briefing report to the CRC Committee on the children involvement in the drug market.

During my study I became more and more interested in the drug policy from the health and human rights approach especially when it comes to youth and adolescent.

Now, I'm working on my dissertation following this interest. In this work, I am going to look at the harm reduction programs in Iran (my home country) to see if there is/was any provisions applied for adolescent who got involved in the drug related issues.

In one of my chapters I am going to review the good practices in the region and also the current/dominant approach in the harm reduction programs for youth. It would be very helpful for me if I can investigate about any regional collaboration/collaborative program in dealing with the adolescent's involvement in the drug related issues. Here are the areas, which I believe that your professional expertise and knowledge would be very helpful and essential to my work.

The main questions are:

• There is no data available on young people from Middle East and North Africa in 2012 survey (The Global State of Harm Reduction, 2012) about the barriers to young people accessing harm reduction services. Do you have any idea, why? Has any attempt been done to collect that kind of data since then? If yes, can you please provide me with a link or any reference, which may help me to get access to that data?

• Based on your professional observations, do you think any development in existing harm reduction responses to target the needs of this population (under 18), is going to be among the drug policy’s priorities in the region and/or in the country of your focus? If not, how do you analyze that?

• How do the local NGOs and the community react to the lack of youth-focused harm reduction programs? Is there any willingness to meet the needs of this population (youth under 18) in different setting to reduce drug-related harm and give visibility to this group of young people?

• Did the country you’re working on become a member of CRC (signed or ratified the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child)?

Thanks a lot for your time and consideration in advance. 

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Thanks a lot for your time and consideration in advance. Any contribution is highly appreciated.