African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
IDPC and WACD summarise and review existing drug legislation from the 15 ECOWAS member states, as well as Mauritania and Morocco, concluding on the need for reform to align domestic laws with regional and international commitments.
The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is inviting applications for the 2017 online training course on the rights of people who use drugs (PWUD), harm reduction, and drug policy reform.
0n 7th September 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health authorized the Uganda Harm Reduction Network and Community Health Alliance Uganda to pilot needle and syringe programmes in a few designated health facilities in the country.