During the national lockdown, eThekwini Municipality and NGOs have come together to help homeless people overcome their substance abuse disorders by providing a safe space with medical and social services at the Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre in Greyville. The centre has assisted homeless people tackle drug dependency and overcome their withdrawal symptoms, while providing food, shelter and ablution facilities during Covid-19.
“The Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre is a place of hope, with over 500 people accessing services for a substance use disorder. Durban truly did lead the way in regard to caring for the homeless at the beginning of Covid-19 Lockdown, and continues to do so.”
With a municipal-owned building, non-government and university service providers, private funding and unequivocal support from police officers, this initiative is a unique multi-sectoral partnership that should be celebrated.
Thank you to Monique Marks for submitting this Good Hood Story!
For more information visit: http://www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/new2/Pages/Bellhaven-harm-reduction-centre-applauded.aspx
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