Chrysalide is a grassroots initiative and residential rehabilitation centre for female substance users (drug and/or alcohol), including users who are engaged in sex work and are HIV-positive and ex-prisoners who are using drugs. The organisation welcomes women as well as their children and supports them through a therapy programme that evolves in three stages: detoxification, psychotherapy and finally vocational and social rehabilitation. Group and individual therapy include: psychological counselling; daily seminars on various issues affecting these women; multi-weekly workshops provided by volunteers on well-being, handicraft work, and cookery; gardening; pre-test counselling, testing and post-test counselling for HIV/Hepatitis; and group therapy. After spending between nine months and two years at the centre, women are empowered and find new lives as positive ambassadors in schools, youth centres and the wider community. The organisation trains its members to be able to conduct HIV prevention, HIV sensitisation and activities to reduce stigma and discrimination toward people living with HIV in communities throughout Mauritius. In the past seven years Chrysalide has been responding to the epidemic in Mauritius through a unique and innovative partnership that supports marginalized women and their children.

Profile in Brief

  • Organisation Chrysalide
  • Region Africa
  • Classification Grassroots Initiative
  • Field of Work Treatment, Care and Support Prevention Harm Reduction Stigma and Discrimination Gender
  • Populations Served Women Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) Sex Workers Ex-Prisoners Founded 2003
  • Staff 6 full-time, 1 part-time, 8 volunteers
  • Chrysalide is a unique organisation that responds to the epidemic in Mauritius through an innovative partnership and support to marginalized women and their children. The organisation provides services to vulnerable women in the whole country. Chrysalide is also involved in International activities such as the Candle Light Memorial, International Day Against Substances Abuse and World AIDS Day.


    • Pils (Prevention, Information and fight against AIDS) 
    • Etoile D'Esperance (Center for Women Alcoholics) 
    • Kinouete (Reinsertion women exdetenues) 
    • Ministry of Health (Methadone therapy) 
    • National Aids Secretariat 
    • Women‘s Prison 
    • Rehabilitation Centers for men (five centers)


    Phone: 2304525509
    Royal Road Bambous
    Black River
    Republic of Mauritius