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.
Through testimonies of former and current drug addicts, social workers, health workers and policy makers, this short film highlights what harm reduction means and how it works within the Senegalese context.
Ghana heads towards a novel drug policy which would decriminalise drug use and possession. This would be a remarkable step within the region - the first country to take such measures outside of Europe and the Americas.
Although the Action Plan facilitates the availability of evidence-based treatment options, calls for the implementation of harm reduction programs, and the collation of epidemiological data, key issues remain to be addressed.
Legal regulation models around the globe might inform changes in domestic policy in West Africa, have a look at this great infographic comparing cannabis regulation in the Netherlands, Portugal, and the USA.
Students for Drug Policy reform aims to bring young people together and create a safe civic space for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policies in Ghana.
Maria-Goretti Ane discusses the new Action Plan - targeting high and middle-level drug offenders, while offering alternatives to incarceration for people who use drugs – including treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration services.
The Government of Mauritius has set up the National Drug Observatory whose main objective is to monitor and assess the dangerous drugs situation in the country and to devise appropriate strategies to deal effectively with drug use.
The Technical Consultation on drug demand reduction kicked off on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 in Cape Town in the presence of representatives of partner organisations in the area of drug control as well as Experts on drug use epidemiology from AU Member States.
The ARASA HIV, TB and Human Rights 2016 report identifies and analyses both national and regional findings to identify significant developments in creating enabling legal and regulatory frameworks for key and emerging human rights issues.