Kenya’s east coast is part of a major route for the drug trade, particularly for opiates such as heroin. So while heroin has been readily available, access to safer injecting equipment has not.The most significant story of 2012 for the four-year, five country Community Action on Harm Reduction programme (CAHR) was the establishment of a needle exchange programme in four towns on the east cost of Kenya – to demonstrate the benefits of this approach. In December 2012 these programmes reached 140 people who inject drugs. These may seem modest figures, but they show harm reduction starting to make its mark in Kenya after years of resistance.
Community Action on Harm Reduction
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