Kenya Red Cross Rehab Centre in Lamu, set up To Help Alleviate Drug Abuse at the Kenyan Coast
The Kenya Red Cross is set to officially open up a Rehabilitation Centre in Lamu which is purposed to assist in the care and reintegration of individuals who have drug and substance addictions. The coastal area of Kenya faces the challenge of drug abuse especially among the youth who consume highly addictive substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana and tobacco.
“A hurt is the centre of all addictive behaviours…. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden—but it’s there.” – Dr Gabor Mate
Located in Hindi, Lamu county, the Level 4 facility as per the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) classification will provide both inpatient and outpatient services. The 100 bed capacity Centre provides a conducive environment for the rehabilitation of patients in terms of addiction management, recovery and reintegration to the community.
Sylvia Khamati the KRCS Head of Health, Nutrition and Social Services pointed out “The centre is unique in that it provides a person centered community approach in its service provision. In addition, it offers rehabilitation services at a highly subsidized rate as it isn’t a profit project. It is soon to be accredited by National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and will, therefore, receive rebates for both the outpatient and inpatient services.”
“The inpatient services will be charged as little as Ksh 1,000 per day which is significantly cheaper than other rehabilitation centres which charge up to Ksh 5,000 a day. This will make it accessible to those who previously haven’t been able to afford good rehab services due to lack of funds,” added Khamati.
On the 22nd of January 2019, Dr. Abbas Gullet accompanied by The Qatari Ambassador to Kenya Jabr Bin Ali Al-Dosari brought a delegation from the Qatar Red Crescent who included The Secretary General of the Qatar Red Crescent Ali Bin Hasan, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law Dr. Fawzi Oussedik and The Executive Director Relief and International Development Dr. Mohammed Salah Ibrahim. The purpose of the visit was to discuss avenues for partnership and collaboration to support individuals with drug and substance addiction.
Dr. Gullet pointed out the importance of the partnership with Qatar Red Crescent.
“We are happy that Kenya Red Cross Society is partnering with Qatar Red Crescent to see how we can work together to develop our National society. We are grateful for the partners who have helped us build this center and at the same time are looking for new partners. We believe that Qatar Red Crescent will be one of the partners that we can collaborate with as we expand the facility to include an Innovation hub plus to enhance the farming and branch activities.”
The partners who made the project possible so far include Nons Verbe Foundation, Italian Red Cross, County Government of Lamu, NACADA and Global Fund HIV Grant. NGAAF – Lamu County Women Representative office, Villa Maraini Foundation, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Danish Red Cross.