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lobby initiates programs to dissuade women from using drugs

[Reachout Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman, during the International Women's Celebrations. Photo/Tom Fondo].

Anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust has initiated various programs to deter women from using drugs.

Anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre trust has directly benefited over 500 women with livelihood programs helping them deter from using drugs.

Speaking during the marking of Reachout at 20 celebrations that was also fused with the International Women’s Day celebrations held at the Reachout Centre Offices in Old town Mombasa on Tuesday, Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said the Organisation is also focusing more on women drug users on their recovering journey so that they also bring on board the active users who will be assisted to walk out of the menace.

Taib said that the Organisation initiated various livelihood programs geared towards uplifting the women economically.

He said apart from the drug treatment, counseling and other health interventions among them the cervical cancer screening, RCT is implementing other livelihood programs geared towards curtailing relapsing.

“We started with the Beauty therapy program, we moved to pastry and we are currently implementing the mat weaving program, all these are geared towards enabling women who were once entangled into drug addiction disorders earn a living and deter from drugs,” said Mr Taib.

He said the anti-drug Organisation has reached over 10,000 drugs users in offering drug treatment services to them, visited over 160 hotspots where the drug users use and inject drugs and over 1,100 have accessed drug treatment and are now engaging in productive income generating activities.

“It is a challenging journey especially with the struggle for implementation of progressive drug policies that’s why we are calling on the president to deter from signing into law any harmful Anti-narcotic laws until all parties are fully involved,” noted Mr Taib.

The anti-drug organisation that also offer its services in Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa and Lamu Counties says there is a transformative change in the fight against drug use among Coastal communities.

Taib says without stable livelihood programs, the drug users are at high risk of relapsing.

His sentiments were fully backed by Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) Health rights program manager Mr Aggrey Aluso who said in partnership with Reachout Centre Trust they have been able to treat, counsel, reintegrate and implemented various livelihood programs to recovering drug users.

“We have to play the first role as parents to deter our children from using drugs this will enable us to grow a responsible generation that will remain critical in our societal development,” said Mr Aluso.