Achievements in 2016
02.03.2016 – ARASA regional dialogue meeting – Dialogue to discuss the set up of a Network for East and Sub Saharan Africa.
The staff of the Collectif Urgence Toxida participated in a sensitization campaign at the Bagatelle Shopping Mall, Flacq Coeurdeville, Super U Grand-Baie. Over 300 people including doctors, police officers were exposed to the damage caused by the criminalization of people who use drugs including heavy penalties which results in an increase of HIV and Hepatitis C.
Flyers and pins were distributed to the public who also showed their support for the Support Don’t Punish photo campaign.
20.06.2016 – SDP at Mahebourg Waterfront
Local partners of the Support Don’t Punish campaign collaborated to organize a one-day sensitization event at the Mahebourg Waterfront. The public was sensitized about drugs, drug-users, the HARM reduction programme and the objectives of the campaign.
CUT is organised a workshop called Drugs over Lunch on the 24th of June, 2016 at Palms Hotel St Jean Road, Quatre-Bornes. Drugs over lunch provided the materials, and guide on how to engage people from various backgrounds on topics such as drug use, addiction, harm reduction and drug policies.
Hosted on Friday the 26th of June from 13h00 – 18h00, at Place Margeot Rose-Hill, with CUT’s partners; AILES, PILS, LEAD, Kinouete, Groupe A de Cassis, SIDA-INFO, Dis-Moi, Parapli Rouz, Bring a smile, SIDATAK, ERB and CARES. 175+ people as volunteers- All the partners had stands, and engaged the public to explain the importance of the campaign,and the impact that repressive laws have on society in general.
12.07.2016 – Open lecture by Ruth Dreifuss Chair of the Global Commission on Drugs –
Ruth talked about her experience as President of Switzerland, and current chair of the global commission on drugs.
Drug Policies: Impact on health and society
The Collectif Urgence Toxida (CUT) in collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES), Prevention Information Luttre contre le Sida (PILS) and the Nursing Union organized a one-day workshop on July 26th, 2016 between 9am and 3pm on drug policies at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Bel-Village in front of 269 people.
Guest speakers included the deputy chairperson of the National Preventive Mechanism Division of the Human Rights Commission Mr. Hervé Lassemillante, Dr Vinod Ramkoosalsing Consultant Psychiatrist.