Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust was founded in 1995 to ensure basic human rights for injecting drug users (IDUs) in and around Mumbai. Sankalp’s threefold mission is to minimize the spread of blood-borne viruses including HIV / AIDS, provide medical and psychological support for IDUs, and rehabilitate and reintegrate drug users into society.
Working with a primarily migrant and street-based population, Sankalp is committed to improving the lives of drug users through its progressive strategy of ‘Harm Reduction’. Harm Reduction involves a range of support services aimed to reduce the harms associated with the use of illicit drugs. With its services, Sankalp strives to create a safe environment for drug users by providing them access to health education and decreasing the risks associated with drug use, while offering opportunities for long term recovery.
Operating from seven permanent sites and built on a peer-based model, Sankalp’s interventions cover a spectrum of services aimed at meeting each individual drug user’s needs. Sankalp’s work ranges from outreach on the streets to a residential skills training program for rehabilitated users, with a continuum of support in between. This vast network of programs gives Sankalp the unique ability to minimize harm associated with drug use while simultaneously motivating users to access additional services and strive towards a clean and productive lifestyle.