August 16, 2019
DRC: Doctors of the World Responds To Ebola Crisis
Drug use is highly stigmatized in Kenya, and the majority of users are unable to access adequate healthcare. Without regular check ups and clean needles, this population is vulnerable to becoming infected with diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
The rate of HIV and hepatitis infection is especially high amongst the drug taking community. Roughly 36% of the drug users in Nairobi are infected with HIV and 42% with hepatitis C.
Doctors of the World has been providing harm reduction services in Kenya since 2012. Our teams provide vaccinations, clean needles, psychological support and health education workshops to highlight the risks associated with intravenous drug use. Alongside our work on the ground, Doctors of the World also works with institutions on the development of national policies that will increase harm reduction activities in the long term.
In addition, we support the Kenyan government with health training, awareness building workshops, and increasing the availability of substitution treatments.