Full Conference Programme

Conference ProgrammeThe 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.

To register for the individual sessions, please head on over to the registration page.

Plenary 1: Setting the Scene for Drug Demand reduction in Africa - COMPLETED

Date: September 16, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Chair: Jeff Lee and Livia Edegger, ISSUP Global


Conference Welcome and Introduction:

  • Jeff Lee, Senior Consultant, ISSUP Global

  • Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global

Setting the Scene:

  • Roger Weimann - President, ISSUP SA; Director, SANCA Eastern Cape

  • Joanna Travis-Roberts - Chief Executive, ISSUP Global

  • Brian Morales - Branch Chief Counternarcotics, Office of Global Programs and Policies (INL/GPP)

  • Ambassador Adam Namm - Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Organization of the American States (OAS)

  • Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu - Deputy Minister, Republic of South Africa Department of Social Development (DSD)

  • Her Excellency Amira Elfadil - Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC)

Global Perspective – A Global Overview of Drug Use

  • Chloé Carpentier - Chief, Drug Research Section, Research Branch, UNODC
  • Giovanna Campello - Chief, Prevention, Treatment & Rehabilitation Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Continental Perspective – An Overview of Drug Use in Africa

  • Dr Jane Marie Ong’olo - Head of Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control, African Union Commission

African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control and Crime Prevention (2019-2023)

  • Dr Abel Basutu - Senior Drug Control Programme Officer, African Union Commission

Global Initiatives by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US State Department

  • William McGlynn - Senior Advisor, Office of Global Policy and Programs, Drug Demand Reduction, INL, U.S. Department of State

  • Bruno Bui - Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Global Policy and Programs, Drug Demand Reduction, INL, U.S. Department of State

Regional Perspective – Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Marya Hynes - Chief, Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, CICAD

Summary and Invitation to Send Comments and Questions Arising from Inputs


Plenary 2: Evidence-based Prevention: Policy and Practice - COMPLETED

Date: September 22, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Chair: David Bayever, ISSUP South Africa


What Constitutes Evidence-Based Prevention?

  • Jeff Lee - Senior Consultant, ISSUP

Global Prevention Standards

  • Giovanna Campello - Chief, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, UNODC

Media-Based Prevention Programmes

  • William D. Crano - Oskamp Professor of Social Psychology, Division of Behavioral and Organizational Science, Claremont Graduate University, USA

Alcohol Use Prevention (data on alcohol use, environmental prevention initiatives):

  • Maristela Monteiro - Regional Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) *Focus on the Latin America & the Caribbean

  • Professor Neo Morojele - Professor and Acting HOD, Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Professor Nazarius Tumwesigye - Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

  • René Adams - Programme Manager, Substance Abuse Prevention and Drug Control Rehabilitation Division, Social Welfare Services Directorate, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia

Question & Answer Session


Plenary 3: A Focus on Treatment and Recovery - COMPLETED

Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Chair: Kim Johnson, ICUDDR


Treatment Standards

  • Anja Busse - Programme Officer, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, Drug Prevention and Health Branch, UNODC

Service Quality Measurements in Treatment Facilities

  • Professor Bronwyn Myers - Chief Specialist Scientist, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council

Best Practices in Treatment and UTC training in Africa

  • George Murimi - Training Coordinator for Africa, Colombo Plan DAP Credentialing and Certification
  • Becky Vaughn - Director, Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC), Colombo Plan DAP

Case Studies of Treatment Programmes in Latin America/Caribbean and Africa

  • Bawo O. James - Consultant mental health physician and a certified addiction treatment specialist, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

  • Yuri Cutipé - Executive Director of Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Peru Question & Answer Session


Plenary 4: Epidemiology and Its Role in Drug Demand Reduction

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Chair: Dr. Reychad Abdool, African Union Commission


A Continental Overview of Drug Epidemiology in Africa

  • Professor Isidore Obot - Director, Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse, Nigeria

Regional Perspectives

  • Dr Olubusayo Akinola - Programme Officer, Drug Demand Reduction, ECOWAS Commission

  • Nadine Harker Burnhams - Research Scientist, South African Medical Research Council, SENDU/SACENDU

Overview of Drug Epidemiology in Latin America & Caribbean

  • Pernell Clarke - Research Specialist, Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, CICAD - Caribbean

  • Roberto Canay - Co-President, ISSUP Argentina - Latin America

Synchronising Global Drug Epidemiology Data Collection

  • Chloé Carpentier - Chief, Drug Research Section, Research Branch, UNODC

  • Enrico Bisogno - Chief, Data Development and Dissemination Unit, UNODC

Question & Answer Session


Plenary 5: Role of Legislators and Traditional health Practitioners in Drug Demand Reduction

Date: November 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Chair: Government of South Africa


Role of the Legislator in Drug Demand Reduction

  • Senator Mattie Hunter - Illinois State Senator, USA

  • Advocate Luyanda Mtshotshisa - State Prosecutor, South Africa (TBC)

  • Senator Héctor Yépez Martínez – Ecuador

  • Hon Seth Kwame Acheampong - Chairman, Defence and Interior Committee, Parliament of Ghana 

Role of Traditional Health Practitioners and Leaders in Drug Demand Reduction (Roundtable Discussion)

  • Dr. Pelmos Mashabela- Deputy Chairperson of the Central Drug Authority, South Africa

  • Dr Goodman Sibeko – Director of ITTC; Head, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, University

    of Cape Town

  • Dr David Basangwa, Uganda

  • Representatives from other African Countries (Mauritius, Kenya)

Q&A Session


Plenary 6: Review and Reflections: A Panel Session

Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:10 pm South Africa time
Plenary Co-Chairs: African Union Commission and ISSUP Global


A panel session to respond to questions and issues arising from the previous 5 plenaries.

Panel members (TBC):

  • Republic of South Africa

  • African Union Commission

  • ISSUP South Africa

  • ISSUP Global

  • INL


  • Colombo Plan