ADVOCACY

Advocacy program provides access to health services to PWUD, by advocating for a harm reduction approach to people who use drugs as well as access to fair trial for drug users.

The program works to ensure drug users are able to be provided with health services without discrimination and for the judiciary to understand that addiction is a disease and that drug users require treatment and not discrimination

Mombasa County has the highest number of Injecting Drug Users. Approximately 17% of HIV infections at the Kenyan coast are linked to intravenous drug use; with this county having the highest number of IDUs.

Drug users who find themselves on the wrong side of the law may be mistrustful of the authorities in general and hesitate to seek treatment or take advantage of prevention initiatives in the first place.

Stigmatizing and discriminatory actions violate the fundamental human right to freedom from discrimination. In addition to being a violation of human rights in itself, discrimination directed at people using drugs, people living with HIV or those believed to be HIV-infected, leads to the violation of other human rights, such as the rights to health, dignity, privacy, equality before the law, and freedom from inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment.

RCT works closely with the courts, probation, police, and the prisons to ensure that drug users access fair trial and have access to health services. We also work with human rights bodies and other stakeholders.

Advocacy is conducted through:

  • Trainings and sensitization of law enforcement agents, judiciary as well as the community.

  • Conducting talks and dialogues with judiciary, law enforcement agents, police and community.

  • Follow up of ongoing cases

  • Community education forums targeting drug users and public

  • Creating networks and partnership