Organisations: Lumiere du Jour, Médecins du Monde, UNICO, CONAD CI, Anonyme, Parole Autour de la Sante, Foyer du Bonheur, La Fontaine, La Releve, Espace Confiance, EFED.
Before the events, a joint press conference was organised to explain the day’s purpose and activities. A 1.5 km march from Adjamé Liberté and the Ivorian Blue Cross saw some 250 participants, including people who use drugs and civil society organisations, join in support for the campaign. At the destination, a “community village” with HIV testing facilities was set up. T-shirts and information were distributed to participants and passers-by, which facilitated engaging conversations. Two solidarity events, in the shape of family lunches, were organised under the umbrella of the NGO Espace Confiance, to encourage family ties between people who use drugs and their families. A total of eight press articles and radio shows featured the campaign.
- “Lutte contre la drogue: Médecins du Monde et des activistes dévoilent les conséquences de l’approche répressive.” June 21, 2018. https://www.fratmat.info/index.php/societe/lutte-contre-la-drogue-medecins-du-monde-et-des-activistes-devoilent-les-consequences-de-l-approche-repressive.
- “Une campagne pour la défense des droits des usagers de la drogue lancée à Abidjan.” June 21, 2018. https://news.abidjan.net/h/639919.html.
- Une campagne d’actions socioculturelles lancée à Abidjan.
- Une sensibilisation autour d’actions socioculturelles.
Organisations: Enda Santé
A workshop was organised around the subject “People who use drugs, we are human beings, we have rights”. The workshop brought together people who use drugs, community leaders, religious authorities and service providers. The workshop was structured around two presentations and a final discussion. The presentations provided an overview of the situation of people who use drugs in the country, discussing HIV and TB prevalence and the negative impacts of repressive legal frameworks. Following these presentations, people who use drugs shared their experiences of dependence and interaction with public authorities, noting how coercion and the lack of support worsened their life and health outcomes. The conversations that ensured were marked by empathy and compassion, with participants agreeing that a progressive decriminalisation of drug use is necessary, as well as the implementation of social and health policies that are supportive of people who live with dependence. The voluntary nature of treatment was underscored as the ideal to attain. Finally, conversations continued over a meal.