Report Back: Day 2: UNODC Law Enforcement Agencies and Civil Society Organisations workshop: Pretoria, South Africa

Network for Education Advocacy and Research

Yesterday the workshop focused on identifying barriers to the implementation of Harm Reduction Services (HRS) for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in South Africa. Much needed dialogue between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) was begun- and achieved fairly quickly and smoothly- the intention to collaborate more closely, and the intention to seek to understand each other’s frustrations and perspectives.

Today we worked on planning how these services, and the necessary systemic changes, might be accomplished through working together.

In 2013, we learned, South Africa published the details of it’s National Drug Master Plan with a mandate till 2017. All local, provincial and national programs would ideally be situated somewhere within this framework. This seems obvious in order to avoid working at cross purposes and to ensure political buy in from the structures mandated by this national guideline.

On examination this document does well to support a shift from a heavy focus…

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