The Support Don’t Punish campaign is going stronger and 2016 was a year of proximity., For the global day of action CUT organized community focused actions across the island. Awareness campaigns were held in 4 shopping malls, where over 300 people were sensitized to the damage caused by the criminalization of people who use drugs. The aim was to reach people who do not feel directly concerned by drugs and drug policies.
A one-day awareness campaign was organized in Mahebourg on the 20th of June with the support of our partners. More than 200 people were sensitized on drugs, Harm Reduction , and Drug policies.
For the Global Day of Action, CUT hosted an event at Batterie Cassee on the 26th of June, which is one of our first and main needle exchange site. Partners and the staff of CUT carried out door-to-door sensitization to inform people of the Support Don’t Punish campaign and the services provided by CUT. The event saw the contribution of key persons of the area and also attracted PWIDs who visited stands to collect information and safe injection materials. Moreover, CUT in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Quality of Life (MoHQL) carried-out rapid testing for the public.
Drug over lunch (24th June) was the main event of the Support Don’t Punish 2016. A workshop whose target were members of parliament, political leaders, community leaders, people who use drugs, academics, MoHQL Staff and Anti-Drug Smuggling Unit. In all there were 50 participants who had the chance to voice out their concern and opinion on 4 thematic questions on drugs. Mr Salvator Niyonzima, the UNAIDS Country Director made a speech.
Congress Drug Policies: Impact on health and society
As part of the SDP campaign, this one day-workshop was organized on the 26th July along with CARES, PILS and the Mauritius Nursing Association (MNA). Open to the public, several professionals from various sectors brought in their expertise. The deputy chairperson of the National Preventive Mechanism Division of the Human Rights Commission Mr. Hervé Lassemillante, Dr. Vinod Ramkoosalsing Consultant Psychiatrist, followed by Nathalie Rose from PIlS, Ram Nowzadick from MNA and Kunal Naik our advocacy coordinator intervened on various topics covering human rights, harm reduction and drug policies.