Association Margina is non-profit, non-governmental and non-political association, whose goal is protecting human rights of most-at-risk populations, through increasing the level of their social inclusion and preventing of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other blood borne and sexually transmitted infections in Bosnia and Herzegovina and region.
Margina was created in 2003. in Zenica as a product of a group of people gathering around a common vision, that every individual from marginalized groups of society in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to have health and social care.
Increasing number of people who inject drugs and the growth of the AIDS epidemic and other blood and sexually transmitted infections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, resulted in the opening of the first drop-in center in Bosnia and Herzegovina (harm reduction service) in Zenica. Drop-in Centre become the only center in Zenica, which, in addition to sterile needles and syringes, provided its clients with social assistance, a referral to anonymous testing for HIV and HCV, referral to detox or substitution treatment, referral to a therapeutic commune, work with families of drug addicts and so on. Indicator of the success of this center is the increase of number of users of its services each year.
At the end of 2005., Association Margina launches Center for Education and Research, which refers to the methodology of working with difficult to reach populations, based on the principles and practice of harm reduction. In 2006. Margina opens offices in Tuzla, Mostar and Sarajevo, as the result of a need for more harm reduction services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, thus continuing the work of existing services from its headquarters in Zenica. In 2008., as a part of the Association Margina Tuzla, Local volunteer service was opened, which progressed and developed through its work and later became one of the founders of the National Network of volunteer service “I volunteer.” Local volunteer service today has over 300 volunteers.
Margina Association is the only non-governmental organization that provides harm reduction services in prisons of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was selected by the UNDP to be a beneficiary of the Global Fund resources for HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with the aim of maintaining the current prevalence of HIV. It is a member of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, the European Network for reducing infections in prisons, AIDS Action Europe and the European Network for harm reduction. The Association is also a member of the working group for the development and implementation of strategies for reducing drug abuse in Tuzla Canton, a member of the working group for creating and developing strategies for reducing delinquency among young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a member of the national expert body for developing new strategies in fight against HIV / AIDS in period from 2011. to 2016. Many completed projects and publications show how the Association Margina made in the field of HIV / AIDS and work with socially excluded and marginalized groups of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Numerous implemented projects and publications show how much the Association Margina has done in the field of HIV / AIDS prevention and work with socially excluded and marginalized groups of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.