Coast based anti-drug Organisation has launched efforts to curtail HIV/AIDS prevalence in Taita Taveta county.
In a forums that brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of health National Aids and STI program in support with the Kenya Red Cross Society, the Organisation engaged security officers in equipping them with relevant information on key population in the county.
While addressing the forum in Voi, Reachout Centre Trust Executive director Taib Abdulrahman termed police officers as the main stakeholder in the efforts since most of the target groups have filed series of complaint against them.
Mr. Abdulrahman emphasized on the importance of unified and dignified efforts in reducing the number of HIV prevalence among sex workers in the county.
The week long law enforcers’ sensitization forums involved the County Police commander, Officers commanding Police Divisions (OCPDs), Officers Commanding Police Stations (OCSs) and Heads of police post.
“We had a fruitful deliberations aimed at changing police perspective on issues revolving around the key population, the officers were in admittance that they faced various challenges in executing their daily mandates while handling cases related to the key population,” revealed Mr. Taib.
The security Officers raised various concerns on how they can contribute into the harm reduction efforts.
Mr. Taib assured the top security Officers in the county that the informative trainings and dialogues will be continuous to ensure the programs positively impact the county health strategy.
The dialogue forum targeting the key population which was spearheaded by Taita Taveta County government aims at generating evidence, implementing innovative programs and influencing National Health policy to reduce HIV infection and transmission among key population as well as link them to full range of HIV services.
[RCT team led by the Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman at Manyani maximum prison. Photo/RCT].
He assured Taita Taveta county government of maximum support in addressing particular needs of key population and developing customized HIV/STI prevention, care and treatment programs.
RCT also met Manyani Maximum Security Prison officers in charge to strategize on reducing negative consequences associated with drug use and as well highlighting on issues affecting key population in the prison.
“We also paid a courtesy call to Maungu Police station OCS David Muita where we briefly engaged and equipped police officers with relevant information on drug use and how to handle the Key population,” revealed Taib.