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.
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.
The course aims at developing the competencies of the participants to support their home governments in adopting drug policies which are underpinned by public health and citizen security, anchored in evidence-based harm reduction approaches and backed by laws or practices that are human…
The main aim of the workshop was to develop the capacity of civil society organisations in the region on issues related to drug policy, drug prevention and treatment, harm reduction, security and governance, and effective advocacy.
In 2009 the national government publicly declared that its drug users needed evidence-based treatment options. Tanzania’s Ministry of Health approved a comprehensive plan to help prevent and treat heroin dependence.