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County Leadership Dialogue, Diani Kwale County

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People who use drugs are frequently have their rights violated because of the risky behaviors they indulge in; the criminalization of drugs makes them inherently vulnerable to police and community harassments hence facing stigmatization, dishonor and besmirchment from the community and service givers.

It is on that note that through the support of our Development partners Open Society Foundation of Eastern Africa, we  partnered with United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime, we organized a county leadership dialogue with the Kenya police, prison wardens, health care givers, National AIDS Control Council, Teens watch and other stakeholders from Kwale County to deliberate on this matter in order to stop; Discrimination, stigmatization and Human rights violation among this vulnerable group which its prevalence of HIV transmission is higher than the general public, instead we need to support Harm reduction interventions by Reachout centre trust and other like-minded organization, we as well need to promote social inclusion and efficiency service delivery among this key population to prevent new HIV infection among this group and linking to care the affected.

Participants had an interaction session with recovering drug users whom they shared their testimonials when using drugs, the challenges faced when seeking health services and the prejudice from the society which forces them to create self stigma and isolating their families and society at large.

Kwale county has an HIV prevalence of 5.7%, the Key population statistics is estimated to be 1,503; with 1,112 female sex workers, 257 men having sex with men and 134 Injecting drug users according to National HIV Estimates 2016. Out of estimated   21,000 persons currently living with HIV in Kwale, 2,659 are children and infants.

Drug Policy Reform training

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Reachout Centre Trust Staff’s went through three Days training on Drug Policy reform to be able to advocate for change to the way governments respond to the socio-cultural influence on perception of psychoactive substance use on focus to eradicate and eliminate of illicit drug markets which leads to widespread negative consequences and human rights violation. Harsh drug policies have caused more harm; Prohibition-based policies have led to a rise in drug-related violence, prison overcrowding and an increase in HIV epidemics.

RCT Director Taib Abdulrahman expedited on History of drugs & different perception through culture and religion on the use of drugs.
Drug Policy reform participants went through International Dominant drug control approaches and understanding recent and background of international drug policies

Global advocate on drugs/HIV and Drug user activist Mat Southwell took the participant through strategic approach to campaign for Drug Policy Reform, imaginable hurdles and understanding the need of the drug policy Reform.

This journey filled with; hardships, barriers but special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination.

The training wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Open Society Foundation of Eastern Africa.