In 2019, the government of Sierra Leone expressed interest in harmonizing and reforming its drug laws in order to ensure effective and evidence-based drug control response that is rooted in human rights, public health and sustainable development. This process which has almost been stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions will require more than adequate financial resources and logistics. Credible information and evidence-based knowledge and skills are unquestionably additional requirements for the drafting and implementation of a successful roadmap to the reform process. In order to support the government and advance this course amidst restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) is organizing an online information sharing and dialogue forum on “Roadmap to Sierra Leone’s Drug Law Reform".
This forum seeks to:
a. Enhance participants’ understanding of the current trend of Sierra Leone’s drug problem,
b. Help identify possible opportunities and threats to the process,
c. Capture perspectives of civil society, faith-based and drug-affected communities, and
d. Learn from Ghana’s drug law reform process.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, this forum will be hosted on WADPN’s online Zoom platform on 16th July at 1:00 pm (GMT). The event will gather panelists from the law enforcement, civil society (policy reform advocates and harm reduction practitioners), faith-based and drug affected communities. Attendance is open to all, particularly to members and allies of WADPN.
Please follow this link to join the forum.