Launching harm reduction in new sites of Kenya


Launching harm reduction in new sites of Kenya

1 April 2015

In 2015 KANCO is planning to scale up harm reduction programme to new sites of Kenya. Nyanza province is an area with the highest HIV prevalence in Kenya and drug use is also on the rise there. After site assessment visit which took place in August 2014 it was decided to start harm reduction programme in Kisumu area (Nyanza). There are some anecdotal evidences that drug use is increasing in the Central Areas of Kenya as well, but partner organisations of KANCO working there do have an access to the networks of people who inject drugs at this moment. In order to decide at which extend harm reduction programmes are needed in Central Kenya, local organisation will start participatory assessment involving people who use drugs to understand the needs of local community and involve people who use drugs into assessment and planning of the programme.

In order to equip representatives from KANCO partner organisations with knowledge and skills enabling them to set up and manage harm reduction programmes, KANCO together with Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia organised a training “Planning and management of harm reduction programmes” which took place on 2-4 March, 2015 in Nairobi.

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