2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Nairobi
Organisations: Médecins du monde

Médecins du Monde (MdM) Harm reduction teams organised dialogue days between drug users, local authorities, religious and community leaders, medias and health professionals. They also took the opportunity of this international campaign to sensitise a broader public and deliver political messages for the promotion of harm reduction and fighting widespread stigmatisation, discrimination and violence against drug users. MdM teamed up and co-organised several activities with local community members and partners to mobilise the general population.

2015

Day of Action 2015

KANCO supported KENPUD to mobilise community members and hold a procession from Kawangware to Uthiru (Nairobi) with keynote speeches by local leaders and people who use drugs.

2014

Day of Action 2014

The Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and the Kenyan Network of People who Use Drugs (KeNPUD) coordinated a week’s advocacy work around the campaign. This included: outreach visits to mobilise drug user households and communities in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale; community dialogue forums; and procession walks in Nairobi, Malindi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale on the 26th June itself.

2014

Day of Action 2014

The Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and the Kenyan Network of People who Use Drugs (KeNPUD) coordinated a week’s advocacy work around the campaign. This included: outreach visits to mobilise drug user households and communities in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale; community dialogue forums; and procession walks in Nairobi, Malindi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale on the 26th June itself.

2013

Day of Action 2013

The Day of Action was organised by Kenyan AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) and the Kenyan Network of People Who Use Drugs (KeNPUD), with the support of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

In Kawangware – one of the most populous residential areas in Nairobi– activities began at 7.30am with a truck procession around the area. Key messages were proposed by KeNPUD and displayed prominently on banners and placards: “Don’t stigmatize us: understand and support us” and “Right to health is respect for human rights”.

The parade then led into a public event at which key partners, government officials and UN officials addressed the crowd, highlighting issues of drug use and the importance of the Support Don’t Punish approach. The event also included community-based skits to highlight the stigma that drug users face.

At the same time, in Watamu on the Kenyan coast, the drop-in centre worked with other community stakeholders such as local health services, community groups, schools and youth groups to organise a procession around the town. Afterwards, people were welcomed into the drop-in centre for free health outreach, BBV testing, and educational materials, etc.

The Day of Action in Kenya provided the momentum to create a dedicated Policy Advocacy Forum of more than 20 local civil society organisations, whose aim is to champion the health needs of people who use drugs.

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