Work Principles

Our goal is to cognize/apprehend/comprehend the phenomena we work with as the base mechanism for a scientifically supported intervention. We privilege a matrix of research-action, based, on the one hand, in the comprehension and critical reflection on social reality and on the other hand, in the intervention in the processes of change.
Our goal is to empower and give voice to the population, by promoting social mobility for a more participative and critical democracy. Our goal is to have some influence in citizenship and territorial development political agendas, in a permanent dialogue with civil society.
Participative methodologies
We promote the recognition and involvement (as well as co-acceptance of responsibility) of all the participants in the processes of development.
We systematically evaluate our intervention in terms of performance and impact and we are always looking to optimise our work.
Outreach intervention
We adopt interventions that actively involve the population and the territories, by positively acting in people’s lives.
Interdisciplinary approach
We believe that, the broader and diverse the analysis perspectives are, the better the phenomena are understood. We integrate workers from several fields of knowledge that are distinct and complement each other: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Nursing, Biology, Economics and Management.

Awards and Recognitions

2010 | Recognition by Pride – GLS Project for “Best Association”.

2014 | The project “Detection of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Viral Hepatitis in Sex Workers (ST) was distinguished by the Gilead GÉNESE Programme.

2018 | Prof. Dr. Aguiar Nogueira Award attributed by the Associação de Infeciologia do Norte.

2014 – GIRUBarcelos | Good practice in the inclusion of Peers Educators on the team and the constant involvement of people who inject drugs (WHO)

2014 – GIRUGaia | How to improve Opioid Substitution Therapy implementation: Developing low threshold OST (WHO)

2016 – GIRUBarcelos | Case examples of innovation and good practice on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care (WHO)

2017 – GIRUBarcelos | Good practice in reducing the stigma associated with the drug users population (WHO)

2017 – GIRUGaia | Good practices in strengthening health systems for prevention and care of tuberculosis and drug-resistant TB (WHO)

2020 – GIRUGaia | Correlation EuropeanHarm Reduction Network:
Good practice examples of hepatitis C interventions by organisations providing harm reduction services

2018 | The work of GIS with children and young people in care and formerly in care was distinguished by the CEPSA Foundation’s Social Value Awards.


2014 | European Prize on Drug Prevention

2017 | Energy Global Award Angola

2013 | Project evaluated as an example of Good Practice in Europe (level 2) by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.