Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment 2020

The Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment 2020 provides an analysis of the global synthetic drugs market.

  • The first part of this report provides options for responses to counter the synthetic drug problem.
  • The second part presents a global thematic analysis of the key trends and emerging developments of the synthetic drugs market as well as the recent trends in the manufacture of synthetic drugs, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The third part provides the key findings of the synthetic drug situation in the different regions of the world.

Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment 2020 - Regional Overviews:

Africa

Central America, South America and the Caribbean North America

Central Asia and Transcaucasia  East and South-East Asa and Oceania  Near and the Middle East  South Asia  South-West Asia

Europe

UNODC supports people suffering from mental health (including drug use) disorders through civil society training in Senegal

Mental disorders have become a global public health issue exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In Senegal, the treatment and care of people suffering from mental health disorders, including substance use disorders, faces multiple obstacles and challenges which have a profound effect on families and communities.

As a result, in 2019, the Ministry of Health of Senegal put in place a network of over 30 organizations throughout the country whose objective is to assist and provide support to individuals struggling with mental health disorders including those who use drugs, who are affected by drug use disorders and/or are living with HIV.

In December 2020, UNODC with the funds obtained by the Joint United Nations Team on Health and HIV/AIDS supported the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health in providing training to 14 focal points of REPOSAMS the network of organizations promoting mental health in Senegal. During the 3-day training from 15-17 December 2020, the participants were able to identify and discuss at length the many challenges they face when providing support in their respective regions and communities and jointly thought about solutions.

Amongst the difficulties shared by all regions were:

  • the stigmatization people suffering from mental health, including drug use disorders experience; 
  • the absence of training of community actors working in mental health; 
  • the lack of integration of mental health into the general health system of the country (universal care coverage); 
  • the absence of support and facilities in many of the regions in Senegal. 

To meet the multifaceted challenges, the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health of Senegal is developing a reporting system that could be used by community actors in the field and that would serve as an advocacy tool showing the depth of the challenges surrounding mental health disorders in Senegal.

During the 3-day training, the participants learnt about evidence-based methods and techniques of management and support of mental health disorders including drug use disorders. They were able to develop a preliminary list of questions and data REPOSAMS would be able to collect when working in their local communities. At the end of the training a draft roadmap was agreed upon highlighting the data elements possible and needed to be integrated in the existent health system database of Senegal, the challenges facing the REPOSAMS, the possibilities of putting in place an inter-ministerial committee that would illustrate the multifaceted problem surrounding mental health disorders in Senegal.

Mental disorders have become a global public health issue exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In Senegal, the treatment and care of people suffering from mental health disorders, including mental health disorders, faces multiple obstacles and challenges which have a profound effect on families and communities.

As a result, in 2019, the Ministry of Health of Senegal put in place a network of over 30 organizations throughout the country whose objective is to assist and provide support to individuals struggling with mental health disorders including those who use drugs, who are affected by drug use disorders and/or are living with HIV.

In December 2020, UNODC with the funds obtained by the Joint United Nations Team on Health and HIV/AIDS supported the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health in providing training to 14 focal points of REPOSAMS the network of organizations promoting mental health in Senegal. During the 3-day training from 15-17 December 2020, the participants were able to identify and discuss at length the many challenges they face when providing support in their respective regions and communities and jointly thought about solutions.

Amongst the difficulties shared by all regions were:

·      the stigmatization people suffering from mental health, including drug use disorders experience; 

·      the absence of training of community actors working in mental health; 

·      the lack of integration of mental health into the general health system of the country (universal care coverage); 

·      the absence of support and facilities in many of the regions in Senegal. 

To meet the multifaceted challenges, the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health of Senegal is developing a reporting system that could be used by community actors in the field and that would serve as an advocacy tool showing the depth of the challenges surrounding mental health disorders in Senegal.

During the 3-day training, the participants learnt about evidence-based methods and techniques of management and support of mental health disorders including drug use disorders. They were able to develop a preliminary list of questions and data REPOSAMS would be able to collect when working in their local communities. At the end of the training a draft roadmap was agreed upon highlighting the data elements possible and needed to be integrated in the existent health system database of Senegal, the challenges facing the REPOSAMS, the possibilities of putting in place an inter-ministerial committee that would illustrate the multifaceted problem surrounding mental health disorders in Senegal.

Dr Khouredia Ndiaye receives her training certification from UNODC Senegal National Program Coordinator

DFAM Drug and Substance Abuse Conference 2021

ISSUP
Event Date
City/Region/State
Abuja
Country
Nigeria

The Conference is designed to achieve the following objectives;

1. Undertake holistic review of drug trafficking and substance abuse in the north to define issues, classify challenges, identify opportunities, and develop collaborative frameworks for increased youth participation in drug abuse prevention and intervention process;

2. Cultivate the resilience, ingenuity and responsiveness of young people in countering the menace in the north through continuous dialogue, education, effective advocacy and networking;

3. Encourage information and experience sharing on countering drug trafficking and substance abuse related issues between different stakeholders in the youth sector, civil society, religious/traditional bodies, schools and the academia

4. Develop a unified road map for effective youth engagement in evidence drug abuse prevention within the region

Time: Feb 18, 2021 09:00 AM in West Central Africa

Congratulations to Kenya ICAP Credentialed Professionals

Congratulations to 39 candidates who passed their ICAP exams last month!  Kenya leads the world in ICAP credentialed professionals with over 230!  GCCC commends all of them for their dedication and passion to the field of Addiction Treatment.

WiRED International Health Module on Quitting Smoking

WiRED International brings free computer-based medical and health education to communities around the world. Educating a sufficient number of people about healthy practices and signs, symptoms, diagnoses and likely treatments of common illnesses can elevate the health of an entire community. WiRED believes that providing peer-reviewed, evidence-based educational training tools will enable community members to take responsibility for and contribute to their own health.

The organisation has developed a range of modules for anyone working in the healthcare field.

Here, you can find a programme designed to support individuals to quit smoking.

Ezra Napoleon Tumuhirwe

Recently I advertised a free UTC training course and most of the invited trainees asked me whether I was going to refund their transport, pay for their meals, and pay them allowances.

UNODC Supports the Continuity of Services under COVID-19 in Côte d'Ivoire

To support the continuity of treatment and care services for drug use disorders, PTRS / GLOK32 through UBRAF funds, following a webinar on continued access to treatment held in June 2020, supported the Ministry of Health in Côte d'Ivoire with the provision of personal protective equipment to services and centers and the procurement of a sewing machine to manufacture reusable masks for a community-based organization to promote the safe and secure availability of treatment and care services under the COVID-19 health crisis for people with drugs use disorders. The reusable masks manufacturing equipment will allow the Assouindé Therapeutic Community to maintain its care and to start income-generating activities related to sewing for the most vulnerable.

Receipt of donations to the Interministerial Anti-Drug Control Committee (CILAD)

New Training of Staff in Medication Assisted Treatment

Uganda Has now officially started training in harm reduction and has created Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinics in one of its National referral Mental Hospital Alcohol and Drug Unit.

The training is ongoing for new and existing staff to run this new facility and MAT clients will be enrolled this coming month. 

A special thanks to all the efforts of Dr David Basangwa whose dream this is has now Patients at the Medically Assisted Treatment Clinicbecome a reality. 

ISSUP Kenya National Chapter Annual General Meeting 2020

Event Date
City/Region/State
Nairobi
Country
Kenya

The Annual General Meeting for ISSUP Kenya, which is mandated by law for all societies and constituted our national conference, was held today, online. There was a good turn out and several resolutions were made which will be ratified by the executive committee before being announced to the broader membership. 

We continue to be encouraged by the activity and participation of the membership and look forward to more engagement as we build and develop our chapter.

Event Language

English

The Ministry of Health of Senegal Celebrates World Mental Health Day with the Support of UNODC and Partners

The Ministry of Health of Senegal and UNODC mark World Mental Health Day

This year, World Mental Health Day was celebrated across the world on October 10th, 2020. It comes at a time when billions of people around the globe have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic which has had unmeasurable negative effects on mental health. This is why, WHO, together with its partner organizations has called for a major increase in investment geared towards mental health through its campaign: “Move for mental health: Let’s Invest”.

This year, UNODC supported this initiative through raising awareness on mental health issues and the need for greater investment during a workshop organized by the Ministry of Health on Saturday, October 10th in Dakar, Senegal. The 4-hour long conference was attended by local civil society and community-based organizations whose aim is to promote human rights in mental health and raise awareness.

The event was presided by the head of the non-communicable diseases division, Dr Babacar Gueye, along with Dr Jean Augustin Tine, Chief of the Mental health division of the Ministry of Health. Dr Babacar Gueye’s announcement that 10 new psychiatrists have been hired and will be dispatched to the different clinics in Senegal was met with loud cheers and applause by the audience. Indeed, many of the treatment facilities have been severely under staffed for years. “This we hope, is just a start”, declared Dr Gueye.

After opening remarks from the Director, the Chief of the division and the Coordinator of REPOSAMS (Reseau des Organisations Pour la Promotion de la Sante Mentale au Senegal), Mame Seyni Dieye (National Program Officer of the Drug Demand Reduction program at UNODC) highlighted the findings of the new WHO survey of 130 countries which detailed the devastating impact of COVID19 on access to mental health services and pointed to the urgent need for increase funding. A fundraiser specialist from Sanofi Senegal, an organisation that rely on expert to support the training of general practionners, specialist, nurses, pharmacy staff, etc., followed and presented the different strategies to fundraise for specific programs and activities.

The day ended with a touching video and tribute to the many people suffering from mental illness in Senegal and to those who offer their help pro bono. The hope is that days like these will help increase awareness of mental health issues, break down stigma and bring about policy changes necessary for adequate funding in order to address the mental health crisis in Senegal.

Graduation UTC Training :16th October 2020

ISSUP Kenya in partnership with the PCEA graduated the first cohort of trainees on basic UTC course: a total of 30 participants. The ceremony at the Kikuyu mission hospital was graced by the Governor of Kiambu County, His Excellency James Nyoro, In coming SG of the PCEA, Rev. Dr. Waihenya,The CEO Kikuyu hospital Dr. P.Kimpiatu. Other officials present included Rev. Dr. W. Kogo, ISSUP Kenya Executive Dr. Richard Gakunju & Vice president ISSUP Kenya Ms. Susan Gitau. Congratulations to all. 

ISSUP Kenya PCEA UTC Graduation

Uganda Alcohol Policy Conference 2020 -Virtual Conference

ISSUP Uganda is excited to join and participate in the 2nd Uganda Alcohol Policy Conference 2020 which will take place 26th to 27th of November 2020. 

We invite all ISSUP Uganda members to join the event on the dates mentioned. 

Registration deadline is 6th November 2020. 

If you have any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact us via the number on the flyer for the conference. 

Advocating for better alcohol policies in Uganda

Map of Drug Demand Reduction Collaboration in Africa

Africa Map

 

There is extensive work being carried in Africa out by the DDR partners.

This map highlights what kind of work is taking place in the different areas of the continent.

African Civil Society Common Position on Drugs

Building on developments at the international level – including the March 2019 Ministerial Declaration on strengthening actions for the world drug problem and the recently adopted African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control – please find the‘African Civil Society Common Position on Drugshere.

The document seeks to incorporate the perspectives and guide the work of a wide range of NGOs from across the African continent, and help to shape and guide civil society and governmental responses over the coming years. The VNGOC is delighted to be supporting this initiative alongside our African partners.

The document originates from a consensus-building partnership forum organised by the Slum Child Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2019. Since that meeting, the document has been through three rounds of consultation. A first draft was shared with civil society partners across Africa for their inputs and suggestions via email in June 2019. A revised version was then discussed by civil society organisations during the meeting of the African Union STC on Health, Population and Drug Control at the end of July 2019. A final draft was circulated among civil society partners across Africa between October and December 2019. 

The final version, with sign-ons from across the continent, was formally launched and presented at a side event during the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2020.

James Koryor

The policy brief assesses the current and long term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance abuse in Liberia.

 

The document highlighted key areas including:

 

  1. The Impact of COVID-19 on Substance Users.

Plenary 6: Review and Reflections - A Panel Session

Drug Demand Reduction in Africa Virtual Conference ISSUP
Event Date
City/Region/State
Johannesburg
Country
South Africa

The Sixth 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 – 4:00 pm SA

Register Here for Plenary 6: Review and Reflections: A Panel Session

 

   

Plenary Co-Chairs: African Union Commission and ISSUP Global

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

Panel Members (TBC):

  • Republic of South Africa
  • African Union Commission
  • ISSUP South Africa
  • ISSUP Global
  • INL
  • CICAD
  • Colombo Plan
  • ICUDDR

 

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

Event Language

English

Plenary 4: Epidemiology and Its Role in Drug Demand Reduction

Plenary 4 - Africa Virtual Conference 2020
Event Date
City/Region/State
Johannesburg
Country
South Africa

The Fourth 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 – 4:00 pm SA 

Register Here for Plenary 4: Epidemiology and Its Role in Drug Demand Reduction

 

Plenary Chair: Dr. Reychad Abdool, African Union Commission

1. A Continental Overview of Drug Epidemiology in Africa

Presenter:

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

2. Regional Perspectives

Presenters:

  • Dr Olubusayo Akinola - Programme Officer, Drug Demand Reduction, ECOWAS Commission
  • Nadine Harker Burnhams - Research Scientist, South African Medical Research Council, SENDU/SACENDU

3. Overview of Drug epidemiology in Latin American and the Caribbean

Presenters:

  • Pernell Clarke - Research Specialist, Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, CICAD - Caribbean
  • Roberto Canay - Co-President, ISSUP Argentina - Latin America

4. Synchronising Global Drug Epidemiology Data Collection

Presenter:

  • Chloé Carpentier - Chief, Drug Research Section, Research Branch, UNODC
  • Enrico Bisogno - Chief, Data Development and Dissemination Unit, UNODC

5.  Question & Answer Session

 

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

Event Language

English

Plenary 3: A Focus on Treatment and Recovery

Drug Demand Reduction in Africa Virtual Conference ISSUP
Event Date
City/Region/State
Johannesburg
Country
South Africa

The Third 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 – 4:00 pm SA 

Register Here for Plenary 3: A Focus on Treatment and Recovery

 

Plenary Chair: Kim Johnson, ICUDDR

1. Treatment Standards

Presenter:

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

2. Service Quality Measurements in Treatment Facilities

Presenter:

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

3. Best Practices in Treatment and UTC Training in Africa

Presenter:

  • George Murimi - Training Coordinator for Africa, Colombo Plan DAP

4. Credentialing and Certification

Presenter:

  • Becky Vaughn - Director, Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) Colombo Plan DAP

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

Presenters:

  • 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

6. Question & Answer Session

 

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

Event Language

English