MOBILE ACCESS TO INJECTION MATERIAL


Why Kit Mobile?


According to the SurvUDI 2010 study, sharing injection material is the main cause for the spread of hepatitis C (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among injection drug users. Research shows that the reuse of syringes is also common among them.

The study shows that drug users do not go to sterile injection material access centres (SurvUDI 2010). For instance, some may have mobility problems, others may not have access to some street blocks due to police operations or are unable to free themselves from drug-related activities. Still others avoid any contact with workers or are afraid of being criticized.


Adapting the assistance and diversifying services

The initiative was launched in 2010 with a project focused on reviewing access to protection material. Over the course of the project, 8 partner organizations worked on preventing blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections and developed a profile of Montreal practices.

The organizations identified the delivery of sterile injection material in communities as an innovative practice that would help reach injection drug users, whatever their life situation.

The Kit Mobile delivery service aims to reach people who do not use conventional outreach services. Teams from able partner organizations carry out deliveries in the areas needing the service.

 


Partner organizations:

 


Kit Mobile was made possible through a prevention grant on HIV, hepatitis and other sexually transmissible infections in the Montreal area from the Direction de santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.  

 


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