Collectif Urgence Toxida (CUT) planned a series of activities all over the island, as part of this year’s global day of action.
On 17th June, CUT staff participated in a sensitisation campaign at the Bagatelle Shopping Mall, Flacq Coeurdeville Super U and Grand-Baie Coeurdeville Super U. Over 300 people, including doctors and police officers were able to hear about the harms caused by the criminalisation of people who use drugs.
On 20th June, local partners gathered for a day-long sensitisation event at the Mahebourg Waterfront to talk to the public about drugs, people who use drugs, harm reduction and the objectives of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign. The stand attracted some 200 people.
The main SDP event was held on 24th June, during the workshop – “Drugs over Lunch”. The targets for the workshop were members of parliament, political leaders, community leaders, people who use drugs, university members, the Ministry of Health, the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit and various NGO partners.
On 26th June, CUT hosted an event at Batterie Cassee, one of the main needle exchange sides operated by CUT. The public was invited to take a photo with the SDP logo. A CUT caravan also carried out rapid testing for the public, in collaboration with the MoHQL.
Finally, CUT, in collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES), Prevention Information Lutte contre le SIDA (PILS) and the Nursing Union organised a one-day workshop on drug policies at the Rajiv Ghandi Science Centre, Bel Village, with the participation of 269 people.
For a more comprehensive account of activities in Mauritius, please read the full report.