Drug policies in most countries in the region focus on strong law enforcement, with little space given to health protection and social inclusion. Nevertheless, some countries have recently responded to the increased demand for treatment and rehabilitation with some level of healthcare and harm reduction services.
The Virtual Conference on Drug Demand Reduction in Africa - Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiology will take place through a series of six plenary sessions beginning September 16, 2020, through to November 10, 2020.
This commentary provides early insights into the development of the COVID-19 prevention and control Working Group which enables greater collaboration between government and non-government sectors to develop an equitable COVID-19 response among PWUD.
IDPC and TNI argue that the WHO’s recommendations will be an opportunity for African States to further decolonise drug control and strengthen the legal basis for emerging medicinal cannabis programmes.
MENAHRA summarises the third Consultative Meeting on “Law Enforcement and the Rights of People Living with and affected by HIV”, which highlighted the importance of improved legal frameworks, capacity-building and information-sharing.
Whilst WHO member states aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, interviews with 'at risk' individuals suggest that insufficient awareness of the illness and a lack of health facilities act as barriers to these ambitious targets.