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Harm Reduction in Mauritius

Harm Reduction projects in Mauritius

With the implementation of Harm Reduction projects in Mauritius,

the incidence rate of HIV has declined by more than 50% among people who inject drugs, from 92% in 2005 to 44% in 2013.

 

 

The numbers are still alarming, however, as 52% of People Who Inject Drugs are HIV positive today, according to the Global AIDS Progress Report 2012. In addition, the figures less reported, are the rates of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs in Mauritius which is of 96%. If the HIV retroviral treatment is available in the public health service, this is not the case for the treatment of hepatitis C, which remains potentially life threatening if not treated.

Although the discourse around Harm Reduction today is dominated by the Needle Exchange Program and the Methadone Substitution Therapy, there are also different Harm Reduction strategies that already exist in Mauritius, although they are mainly oriented or limited to injecting drug use.