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

The Fifth Plenary Session of the 'Drug Demand Reduction in Africa: Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiology' Virtual Conference from 16th September to 10th November 2020.

Time: 2:00 – 4:15 pm SA


Plenary Chair: Honorable Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister Republic of South Africa Department of Social Development (DSD)

1. Role of the Legislator in Drug Demand Reduction


  • Senator Mattie Hunter - Illinois State Senator, USA
  • Hon Seth Kwame Acheampong - Chairman, Defence and Interior Committee, Parliament of Ghana
  • Senator Héctor Yépez Martínez - Ecuador

Question & Answer Session:

Ms Coceka Nogoduka – Acting CEO: South African National AIDS Council, South Africa

2. Role of Traditional Health Practitioners and Leaders in Drug Demand Reduction 

Moderator: Dr Goodman Sibeko, Director of ITTC; Head, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa


  • Mr Vukani Khoza - Director of Traditional Medicine at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa
  • Dr Grace Nambatya - Director of Natural Chemotherapeutic Department Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Professor Jennifer Orwa - Centre for Traditional Medicine and Drugs Research, Kenya
  • Dr. Pelmos Mashabela - Deputy Chairperson South Africa Central Drug Authority in South Africa (The relationship of THP’s to Traditional Leadership and Policy landscape.)
  • Dr Rujuta Gaikwad – Ayurvedic Physician Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved Hospital, Mauritius

3. Question & Answer Session


For more information on the 'Drug Demand Reduction in Africa: Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiology' Virtual Conference, please visit Africa 2020

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