On behalf of ISSUP Kenya, I presented our memorandum to the Mental Health Task Force of the Ministry of Health. The task force, which was set up following a cabinet directive chaired by the President of the Republic of Kenya, seeks to gather public views on challenges and solutions about the state of mental health in the country. As a professional body we advocated for substance use disorders to be treated as a mental health issue and not just a security or moral issue.
The Executive Committee of ISSUP Kenya met at the beginning of the year to review the successes and challenges of the previous year and at the same time plan the activities for 2020.
In October 2019, ISSUP Kenya and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa commenced training on UTC for its staff involved with management of persons with substance use disorders. It was a milestone for both ISSUP Kenya and the faith based institution. The series of UTC trainings will continue until mid 2020.
NACADA/GCCC/ISSUP meeting on 14th October 2019 at NACADA offices. To explore efforts at professionalizing the workforce in Kenya through training, credentialing and professional networking.
From L to R. Ms Susan Maua (Prevention-Nacada), Dr Richard Gakunju (Chair GCCC), Mr Victor Okioma (CEO-Nacada), Ms Becky Vaughn (Director-GCCC), Mr Evans Oloo (President, ISSUP Kenya), Rev Gachoka Wangai (Treatment-Nacada)
ISSUP Kenya today, 30th September 2019 joined NACADA and other stakeholders in the field of drug demand reduction, as the National Authority launched its 2019-2022 strategic plan. Partnerships and collaborations - the way to go.
ISSUP Kenya AGM was held on 7/9/2019. The key speaker was Dr Mercy Karanja, Consultant Psychiatrist,
Deputy Director of Medical Services: Focal Person for Substance Use Management, Division of Mental Health, Ministry of Health.
Many thanks to His Excellency Christian Fellner, Austrian Ambassador to Kenya for meeting the team from ISSUP Kenya at the Austrian Embassy Nairobi. It was an honour sharing on Drug Demand Reduction (Kenya and Austria experience), this in preparation for ISSUP V conference in Vienna. Present: ISSUP Kenya President Evans Oloo, Executive members Dr. Richard Gakunju & Ms. Susan Ruturi
In November 2017 ISSUP Kenya and the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) hosted an exploratory planning team for the 4th ISSUP Workshop scheduled for Nairobi in December 2018. The visiting team was comprised of Mr. Alan Piracha from INL of the US State Department, Ms. Joanna Travis-Roberts, Executive Director of ISSUP Global and Ms. Jane-Marie Ongolo from the African Union.
ISSUP Kenya held its Annual General Meeting on 14th July 2018. The meeting brought together the membership and Executive Committee to review the past years activities and report on the plans for the next six months. The forum also inducted 17 new members and issued them with membership certificates. Officiating the meeting was the President Mr. Oloo. Other members present were Dr. Richard Gakunju who updated members on ISSUP Global activities, Dr Beatrice Kathungu and Dr.