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ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA---Jackie held her one-month-
old child to her chest. If for no other reason, the
new life pressed against her had to be why she
stopped using. After eight years of heroin addiction,
she d been clean for three weeks.
"Let me be clear, this isn t my first time in a sober
house," she said from a treatment centre in Zanzibar,
an island off the coast of Tanzania where, according
to the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, an
estimated seven per cent of the one million residents
are drug addicts.
This is one of the highest rates in the world.
Jackie s determined that this will be her last time.
"The first fix is not the solution, I m staying clean
for myself and for my baby. I don t want to lose her,
I can t stay sane if I know she s being raised by
Jackie, whose surname has not been published to
protect her privacy, has
been in and out of
treatment centres seven
launched an aggressive
campaign to deal with
its drug problem but
everyone is confounded
by how to help female
addicts such as Jackie,
whose treatment always
seems to end the same
way---back on the
In the 1990s, inter-
national drug smuggling
routes began moving
East Africa s poorly reg-
ulated ports on the way
to the US and Europe.
It wasn t long before
leaked into the popula-
for the more than 40
per cent of the popu-
lation living below the poverty line.
The help available to addicts in Zanzibar is rare in
the rest of Africa, where only one in 18 drug users
has access to help services, as compared to one in
three in North America.
This has drawn addicts from across East Africa
and as far as Oman to seek help.
Zanzibar has a network of 11 sober houses that
have treated more than 3,000 people, harm-reduction
programmes for those still using, daily 12-step meet-
ings around the island, and for the past two months,
a methadone clinic.
But women are slipping through the cracks of these
services. Only one of the methadone clinic s 30 or
so patients is a woman, and while the men s sober
houses range from 20 to 30 who recover, the two
women s clinics have only three or four who kick
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Tender packages can be obtained from the Tenders Department from Wednesday 3rd June, 2015
located at the ground floor, Administrative Department of the MTS Plaza, Aranguez Main Road
San Juan telephone number 674-5843/638-7391 Ext 122. Upon presenting a receipt showing
that a Non Refundable Tender Deposit of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per project, (cash
deposit only) has been paid.
The deposit slips can be obtained from the Accounts Department, the tenderer must then go to
First Citizens Bank, San Juan to make the deposit.
Prospective tenderers or their representatives must attend a pretender meeting in the Council
Chambers, on the ground floor at the Administrative Department of the MTS Plaza, Aranguez
Main Road, San Juan on Monday 8th June, 2015 at 10:00am followed by a site visit so as to ascer-
tain the nature of the works to be executed.
Further information relating to the projects can be obtained from Mr. Azim Bassarath, County
Superintendent at 638-1073 Ext 144.
Envelopes must be deposited in the designated tender box located in the lobby of the
Administrative Office, San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation, MTS Plaza no later than
Tenders would be opened publicly on
and the ten-
derer or his representative may be present at this opening.
The San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation reserves the right to cancel the bidding process
in its entirety, without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
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have shifted to Africa's
cheap drugs to locals.
The help available to
addicts in Zanzibar is
rare in the rest of
Africa, where only
one in 18 drug users
have access to help
services, as compared
to one in three in
This has drawn
addicts from across
East Africa and as far
as Oman to seek help.
Zanzibar has a
network of 11 sober
houses that have
treated more than
3,000 people, harm-
those still using, daily
around the island,
and for the past two
months, a methadone
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