An anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust has bagged special recognition for its exemplary community service work.
Reachout Centre Trust was recognized during the annual Kenya Red Cross National volunteer awards held at Nairobi.
The anti-drug organisation was recognized as the outstanding implementing partner for its efforts in highlighting the rights of people who use drugs as well as propagating for progressive drug reform policies in the country.
RCT was also singled out as a dedicated anti-drug organization that has propagated for health rights of people who use drugs bridging the gap between security agents, judiciary and drug treatment centres for referrals.
While accepting the unique, special award, Reachout Centre Trust Executive director Taib Abdulrahman said that the recognition was a challenge bestowed on the organisation and which will trigger more efforts in ensuring people who use drugs access health services in any public health facility.
“It has been a tough journey but here we are positively impacting the society and especially the lives of people who use drugs,” he noted.
He revealed that the organisation has been focusing more on the key population, bringing together stakeholders to address key health issues revolving around people who use drugs.
“You will ignore these issues until a day when your very own is immersed into drugs that’s when you will painfully face the reality of this security but social vice,” he reiterated.
Mr. Taib called on various stakeholders to work together in realization of progressive drug policies and the reduction of the effects of HIV among drug users.
He extended his gratitude to the Kenya Red Cross society for the special recognition and vowed to work with other stakeholders in propagating for the health rights for people who use drugs at the Coast.