Drug use among young people and street children in Mauritius has been increasing for a number of years. A recent study on street children reveals that 30.2% of children in "street" situations are either smoking and /or using drugs, and 74.2% of them consider that drugs are readily available in Mauritius. Another in-depth study carried out in 2009 on the IDU population in Mauritius, found that 22% of the IDU population is less than 29 years old. Around 70% of those who use drugs started before their 20’s and 40% started injected between 14-20 years old.
Addressing this issue, Youth RISE has begun a peer education programme in Mauritius as part of our RISE UP! project, partnering with SAFIRE, an organisation based in Mauritius working with street children.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health,
- Harm Reduction principles and services
- HIV prevention strategies