Female anti-drug activists in Mombasa have appealed to the County government to work closely with them in a bid to help out female drug users in the county.
The women led by renowned female anti-drug activists Faizah Hamid said that the number of female addicted to drugs was increasing and that there is an urgent need for the county to work closely with the activists in taming the menace.
Faizah who is also the Reachout Centre Trust Programs manager said that the organisation has reached over 1,000 female drug users within the County.
She further revealed that the anti-drug lobby is maintaining over 260 female injecting drug users and extra 100 non- injecting.
Speaking in Old town area, Mombasa, Faizah who also manages the hygiene and female day care projects of the organisation said that without proper unity from all stakeholders within the County, more women will be entangled into drug addiction.
She said that more resources are needed as well as collaborative strategies to deter women from drug addiction.
“Women are the most vulnerable in such scenario they mostly depend on sexual activities for them to afford drugs,” she said.
According to the anti-drug and gender activist, unprotected sex practiced by the female drug users puts them at risk of contracting HIV.
She appealed to the County government to set out proper 2019 anti- drug strategy so as to ensure relevant female anti-drug programs are successfully implemented so as to reduce the harmful effects of drugs and HIV prevalence among female drug users.