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.
35 government representatives and civil society practitioners attended the consultation convened by the West African Drug Policy Network and other stakeholders and facilitated by WACSI with support from OSIWA.
The launch of the network has solidified the traditionally conservative country’s reputation as a regional leader amid fears that increased exposure to drug trafficking routes could see a rise in national drug use.
Civil society organisations in West Africa have been urged to effectively strategise and work together and with their respective governments to influence better policies aimed at addressing the drug problem in the region.
In December 2014, Kenya became the third country in Sub-Saharan Africa to introduce Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST), after Tanzania and Mauritius. In this report, Mainline discusses how Kenyan NGOs are dealing with the challenges posed by OST.
This workshop raised awareness and understanding of the nature of the drug problem in West Africa and called on the media to collaborate with civil society organisations to end the effects of bad drug policies on human rights and public health.
This report provides an insight into Community Action on Harm Reduction's work and provides case studies which captures the programme that significantly reduced the risks of HIV transmission among people who inject drugs and their community.