- In May 1993, SHARAN pioneered an innovative pilot substitution program using sublingual buprenorphine tablets as a pharma co-therapeutic tool for the management of heroin dependency in India. After the successful pilot phase, the service has been implemented and is extremely popular with drug users and the community having provided extended drug treatment to 1611 clients, besides medical assistance for the families of drug users.
- In 1997, Sharan started a detoxification service, the services are user friendly and accessible, with most of the staff being ex-drug users who can empathize with the clients. The project has achieved a much higher target in terms of clients detoxified. Sharan has provided detoxification services to women clients also.
- At the same time in 1997 Sharan started a community development project called the Barakhamba Project. The project aims to help the people within their own social and cultural environment and to achieve visible overall improvement in the basic needs, such as health, education, medical care and employment on a long term and sustainable basis.
- In 1998, Sharan collaborated with the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on a research study for determining the prevalence of HIV among a cross section of Injecting Drug Users in Delhi. This was followed by an Evaluation of 3 component IDU interventions in India.
- In 1999, SHARAN initiated a project for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS and STD treatment and care program for IDUs and their partners in India. The project aimed to contribute to the reduction of HIV/AIDS incidence among injecting drug users (IDUs), their partners and families. To achieve this goal, the project purposed to model risk reduction services for IDUs in Chennai, Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata and Mumbai. The project sought to provide risk reduction services to a total of 1500 IDUs in the above mentioned cities.
- A Rapid Situation Assessment in 5 Indian cities (Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Imphal) was conducted in 2001.These assessments were compiled into a comprehensive report for 15 Indian sites, and assisted the Government and other agencies to better plan and implement suitable responses to the IDU and HIV situation in these cities.
- In the year 2002, Sharan designed a training module for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Govt. of India), the National AIDS Control Organization (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and the UNDCP ROSA on HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Prevention and Management as a part of the Community Wide Drug Demand Reduction Programme in India and the North Eastern States. This enabled the National Institute of Social Defense and their seven Regional Resource Centers in the implementation of the training program for 465 NGOs in India.
- The Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN) collaborated with Sharan in a four-country research in 2003 to promote initiatives and policies that reduce drug related harm.
- At the national level, Sharan managed and implemented– Project Network – A Scale up of IDU interventions across 9 states in India, all supported by NACO and subsequently by the State AIDS Control Societies.