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Call for entries Reachout Centre Trust- Media awards

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Reach out Centre trust is a non- governmental organization that is working towards quelling drug abuse in the coastal region.

For the last 14 years we have been providing  harm reduction services, preventive and treatment services to those affected by or vulnerable to Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) and HIV and AIDS in the Coastal area of Kenya.

We are this year recognizing Journalists who have been working towards enabling us attain our goals and highlighting positive stories towards efforts in containing drug abuse in the region.

We are launching the first and unique edition of the Reach out Media awards under the theme Drug Policy reform for sustainable Development.

NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT is an act of parliament in respect to the control of the possession of, and trafficking in, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and cultivation of certain plants; to provide for the forfeiture of property derived from, or used in, illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and for connected purposes.

What is Drug Policy?

A drug policy is the policy, usually of a government, regarding the control and regulation of drugs considered dangerous, particularly those which are addictive. For example, heroin is regulated almost everywhere.

Governments try to combat drug addiction with policies which address the supply of drugs, as well as policies which can mitigate the harms of drug abuse and for medical treatment.


What is Drug Policy Reform?


Drug policy reform is proposed changes to the way governments respond to the socio-cultural influence on perception of psychoactive substance use.

Rather than using laws and enforcement as the primary means to responding to substance use, governments and would be better served by reducing harm, demand and regulating the production, marketing, and distribution of currently illegal drugs in a manner that would reduce human right violations through punitive laws.

Proponents of drug law reform argue that relative harm should be taken into account in the regulation of controlled substances.

War on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we need to advocate for policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies.

Drug policies needs no longer to arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm People who use drugs.


Call for entries RCT- Media awards

It is with the above reference that Reachout Centre Trust is calling towards Coast based Journalists to submit their stories/features in the TV, Radio, Print, Online and Photography work categories  under the theme Drug Policy reform for sustainable Development.

The Entries must have been published/broadcast within this year, this being from March 2017 to 25th October 2017.  Submission deadline for entries is 30th October, 2017.

In TV, Radio, Print, Online and Photography work, Journalists should consider the guidelines below in perfecting their Stories/Feature before submission;

  • Journalists are required to provide well researched and original work of the health of drug users in the coast region.
  • challenges faced by drug users within the Coast region because of Drug Policies as stipulated in the constitution under the (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substance control Act) how human right defenders, CSO’s have come to bridge the gap between the security agents and people who use drugs with an aim of containing human rights violation against drug users.
  • Fight against drug trafficking in the Coast region through Supply Reduction, Demand reduction and Harm Reduction in Coast and other parts for the Country and its impact.
  • Reformed and Recovering people who use drug who have been working toward regaining fresh life by either staring their own income generating activities.
  • Reachout Centre Trust will as well recognize Journalists who had been working tirelessly in highlighting positive stories/Feature in the field of Substance abuse disorder.



  • Only professional Journalists practicing in (Television, Print, electronic & Online) are legible to place their entries in the ‘Reach out-Media awards’
  • The (Feature item, Both in Television, Print, radio and Online) should have been aired from March 2017 – October 2017
  • A clear original work from Journalists will be accepted. No plagiarism, copied entries will be accepted in this competition.
  • A Journalists should provide An Mp3 audio CD for Radio, Audio Visual for Television and cut of a copy of a newspaper the story was published
  • On online materials, a link like should be proved and a clear date the article was published also provide a hard copy when submitting your entry.
  • For Photo Journalists, provide at least 5 clear original photos published for the judges to select the best.
  • Journalist will be awarded in a sequence of Winner of the category and 1st runners up.
  • Journalist can have 2 entries per category
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • The Competition is ONLY legible for Coast based Journalists
  • All entries to be addressed to Reachout Centre Trust, P.O BOX 84929 Mombasa or hand delivery to our offices situated in Old town, Kibokoni road.
  • A photocopy of your Identification card and Press card.

For any inquiries, kindly email us at



Chronicles of Female sex workers

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Female sex workers are one of the groups most affected by HIV and AIDS, with HIV infection rates much higher than those of the general population because of their lifestyle and occupation.

The vulnerability of Female sex workers to HIV infection is compounded by attitudes of stigma and discrimination; they are marginalized and often face abuse, violence from their clients, absence of legal protection, extreme social isolation, police harassments, obstacles in accessing friendly substantial health care services and lack of community support. This is because sex work has been considered a taboo since time immemorial and those practicing it are perceived as outcast and are blasphemed.

Maria, not her real name, a single mother of two shares her experience having worked as a sex worker since 2008 when she was just but a teenager trying to make ends meet when she could no longer bare the pangs of poverty.

“I got pregnant when I was in high school and the so called boyfriend fled away. All was not well as my parents always scolded at me until I decided to evade from home,” she narrates.  “Things became even tougher when I gave birth to my first child whilst hosted by a friend who was a female sex worker. I could no longer depend on her; I knew I had to be self reliant and that’s when I decided to join the club.”

On a good night, Maria would make Ksh 3000 (30$) which would mostly go on the basic needs of her family that depends on her for everything.

“Unemployment is what dragged me here. It’s not a walk in the park for this kind of work; we face a lot of challenges in our daily hustles and it’s not an easy job either for the soft-hearted. I’ve been physically abused by a client who refused to pay me after the ‘service’; it’s even hard to report such matters to the police because even the police terrorize and extort money from us. We are exposed to the heightened risk of HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), and unwanted pregnancies that exist among us female sex workers,” Maria depicted bitterly.

“We’ve had enough of these challenges; we need better working environment, and friendly health care services. The society needs to know that we’re part of them and end the discrimination against us and our families,” ceased Maria.

With the support of our development partner Global Fund through Kenya Red Cross Society, we are reaching out to female sex workers in Taita Taveta County with numerous services in our comprehensive outreach and in our Drop In centre in Voi in order to curb HIV transmission among this Key Population and to create a conducive working environment for them. This is due to the fact that the HIV infection rates among the key population globally are more than five times higher compared to that of the general population.

The integrated program uses peer educators to reachout to female sex workers to bring them closer to us so that they can access services they need.

At our Drop in Centre, they come for friendly Clinical services, HIV testing and counseling, lubes, condoms, moral and psychosocial support for those who experience deprivation and abuse, have been stigmatized, have witnessed atrocities, have suffered overwhelming grief or might have any other issue that may require psychological support.