Albert Muya Muraya

In compliance with the laws of Kenya and our chapter constitution, ISSUP Kenya will host its Annual General Meeting for 2020 on Saturday 24th October. 2:00-4:00pm as a virtual meeting. The agenda will include: 

ISSUP Kenya AGM 2020
From : - To:
02:00 pm
04:00 pm
Kenya

ISSUP Kenya/PCEA UTC Training

UTC training for PCEA by ISSUP Kenya
UTC training for PCEA by ISSUP Kenya
Event Date
City/Region/State
Nairobi
Country
Kenya

Today saw the end of the UTC training by ISSUP-Kenya for the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) which started in October 2019 for the members and staff of this faith-based organisation. Originally meant to end in June 2020 this cohort's training was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. However due to the diligence of the cohort members and with the continuous encouragement of the trainers led by ISSUP Kenya chapter President Evans Oloo and our patron and Chairman of the GCCC Dr. Richard Gakunju, the group had their last training and revision day today in a webinar format.

Congratulations to the trainees and the ISSUP Kenya members who facilitated the training. Our best wishes for the upcoming GCCC exams.

Tobias Sikuku Nauruki

Living a sober life is so sweet I met a drug addict whom I am mentoring now and to come out of the vice

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

 

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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

 

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Event Language

English

Plenary 2: Evidence-based Prevention: Policy and Practice

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

The Second 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 2: Evidence-based Prevention: Policy and Practice

 

Plenary Chair: David Bayever, ISSUP South Africa

1. What Constitutes Evidence-Based Prevention?

Presenter:

  • Jeff Lee - Senior Consultant, ISSUP Global

2. Prevention Standards

Presenter:

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

3. Media-Based Prevention Programmes

Presenter:

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

4. Alcohol Use Prevention (data on alcohol use and environmental prevention initiatives)

Presenters:

  • Maristela Monteiro - Regional Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) 
  • 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

5. Question & Answer Session

 

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Event Language

English

Plenary 1: Setting the Scene for Drug Demand Reduction in Africa

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

The First 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 – 4:10 pm SA

Register Here for 'Plenary 1: Setting the Scene for Drug Demand Reduction in Africa'

 

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

1. Setting the Scene

Presenters:

  • 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) 

2. Global Perspective – A Global Overview of Drug Use

Presenter:

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

3. Continental Perspective – An Overview of Drug Use in Africa

Presenter:

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Presenters:

  • 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

6. Regional Perspective – Latin America and the Caribbean

Presenter:

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

7. Summary and Invitation to Send Comments and Questions Arising from Inputs

 

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Event Language

English

A Review of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Systems in Kenya

Researchers predict that harm from substance use and rates of substance use disorders in sub-Saharan Africa will increase significantly in the next 30 years.

In order to have a well-functioning health system that works in harmony, the World Health Organization (WHO)describes the need for the following features:

  • trained and motivated health workers,
  • a well-maintained infrastructure
  • a reliable supply of medicines and technologies,
  • the backing of adequate funding with strong health plans and evidence-based policies.

This review shines the spotlight on Kenya with the aim to provide an overview of the current state of public sector SUD treatment and prevention systems in Kenya.

For the narrative review, the authors collected government documents as well as publications from the following: MOH, National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Parliament of Kenya, National Council for Law Reporting, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and National Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coordination Board.

Key points from the discussion:

  • The Mental Health Act 1989, the main legislative framework governing substance use disorder treatment and prevention, focuses on institutional care only.
  • While there are only three public health facilities offering substance use disorder treatment in Kenya, several non-public sector actors are involved in SUD treatment and prevention activities.
  • The Ministry of Health has no specific budget for substance use disorder treatment and prevention

In conclusion, the researchers offer the following five-point proposal:

  1. Enactment of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2018.
  2. Integration of substance use disorder treatment and prevention into primary health care to increase access to care.
  3. Use of money gathered from taxation of alcohol, tobacco and betting to increase funding for substance use disorder treatment and prevention.
  4. Characterisation of the substance use disorder workforce to inform planning.
  5. Enhanced collaboration between the government and non-state actors in order to increase access to SUD treatment and prevention.

Module Zero of the Universal Curriculum

This 19-minute video introduction to the Universal Curriculum series will be introduced at the beginning of future online courses.  The slides will be included in the forthcoming manual editions of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC), Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) and Universal Recovery Curriculum (URC).  The module will also be included in future face-to-face trainings.

Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya

The UNODC Kenya mentor has participated at the webinar on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya on Friday, 15 May 2020. Together with Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at UNODC ROEA, the mentor outlines UNODC's support in the COVID-19 response among the most vulnerable groups, such as people who use drugs and who are affected by substance use disorders, people living with HIV and people living in prisons. 

The webinar was an interactive 2-hours discussion with national partners such as NACADA represented by Judy Twala, Drug Dependence Treatment and Care professionals represented by Susan Gitau, Rehabilitation Centres represented by Boniface Ndirangu and UNODC. The talk was organized by ISSUP International, together with ISSUP National Chapter Kenya. 

Discussions were held on the results of the COVID-10 pandemic in the country, whether essential services and programmes reaching vulnerable groups are restricted or entirely stopped. The talk continued on the topic of prevention of drug use and how the management of substance use disorders during lockdown in Kenya is handled including whether the impact of the lockdown has increased the risk of relapse or resulted in reduced cases of substance use disorders. 

A total of 209 participants were reported to attend the event and the feedback received was positive. The recording of this webinar can be access through the provided link.

Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

Slide Deck

Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

Video: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

On May 15, 2020 ISSUP Kenya, in collaboration with ISSUP Global, presented a webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management. Panelists discussed the following topics:

  • The possibility that the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups being restricted or entirely stopped
  • The result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management
  • The impact of the lockdown -  has it increased the risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
  • The appropriate response to this pandemic from Kenyan professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts 

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 

Presenters

 

Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

Event Date
City/Region/State
Nairobi
Country
Kenya

ISSUP Kenya in partnership with ISSUP Global invite you to participate in a webinar discussing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The webinar will be presented on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time).

May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time)

Click here to register 

With the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups may also have been restricted or entirely stopped.

What then is the result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management?
Has it increased risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
What should be the response to this pandemic from professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts in Kenya?

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Presenters
Event Language

English

Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

ISSUP Kenya in partnership with ISSUP Global invite you to participate in a webinar discussing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The webinar will be presented on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time).

May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time)

Click here to register 

With the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups may also have been restricted or entirely stopped.

What then is the result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management?
Has it increased risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
What should be the response to this pandemic from professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts in Kenya?

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 

Presenters

 

 

 

ISSUP Kenya

Access to Drug Treatment Services in Nigeria: The Challenge of Addiction Workforce

Event Date
City/Region/State
Webinar

ISSUP ICUDDR

Presenters: Drs. Chia Francis and Mashika Esther

This webinar will illuminate the level of drug use in Nigeria, efforts made so far to address access to drug abuse treatment services in Nigeria, and details of a study regarding access to treatment.

Thursday June 4th 2020
Time: 11 AM BST / 6 AM EDT
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82963854757

Attitudes towards Cough Syrup Abuse: A Study of Adolescents in Southwest, Nigeria

One area of substance misuse among adolescents that is currently a problem, and has not been fully understood in the Nigerian context is the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse. Thus, to inform policy actions for reducing cough syrup abuse among Nigerian adolescents, this study explored the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse in two Southwest states of Nigeria, where substance abuse is rampant.

By a stratified sampling method, 302 adolescents (152 males, 150 females; mean age = 13.61 years, SD = 2.09) were selected from secondary schools in Lagos and Oyo states, Nigeria, and data were collected using existing questionnaires with strong psychometric properties, and the response rate was 97.42%. Four (4) hypotheses were stated and tested using independent sample t-test and correlation statistics at p<0.05.

The findings from the study concluded that, adolescents’ age and family marital structure were the variables found that significantly accounted for their attitudes towards cough syrup abuse, thus it is imperative enough that as adolescents are growing older, they are rightly guided against giving into substance abuse. Also, parents/caregivers of adolescents need to be actively involved in educating adolescents on the hazards associated with substance abuse.

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

In this webinar, Cary explains how to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, how we can care for ourselves, and what authentic self-care looks like.

Cary has worked in the field of substance use disorders for 18 years. She is passionate about helping professionals in this field to take care of themselves so they can thrive and help those in need. Cary has worked in direct care in non-profit in the U.S., has run Residential, Outpatient, and Criminal Justice treatment programs, and has trained and mentored other substance use professionals. She is now the Deputy Director for the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and supports the development of addiction studies programs around the world. She is a global trainer in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Recorded on 13 March 2020

Cary Hopkins Eyles

Annual General Meeting 2019

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. 

Members of  ISSUP Kenya with Dr. Karanja of the Ministry of Health during the 2019 AGM

Partnerships and Collaborations

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.

Dr.Richard Gakunju at the launch of  NACADA Strategic Plan