CREA has been working since 2005 to contain the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the country through its HIV prevention projects funded by USAID and UNODC. The highest HIV infection rate in Bangladesh has always been recorded among the injecting drug users (IDUs) in the central region of Dhaka city. A cohort study showed 10.5% of the IDUs in one neighborhood of the city were HIV positive. Based on the study findings, CREA undertook its latest project in this area in October 2009 with financial assistance from USAID and technical support from Family Health International 360. The project titled CREA-HIV Prevention Project among PWIDs was designed to prevent the spread of HIV and STIs among marginalized IDUs in Dhaka city by providing comprehensive treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation services.
The specific objectives of the project were to:
The project ended on July 31, 2014.