We’re very proud to report that the FEMALIVE Commemorative Silent Walk on Friday 26th November in Cape Town was an unqualified success, and achieved it aims of raising the call for an end to violence against women who use drugs, and against Gender-Based Violence, just as the Global 16 Days of Activism Against GBV commenced for its 2021 campaign.
All too often, we don't hear from those people who matter most. They are being criminalised, discriminated against, and pushed aside, because of who they are or what they do.
Therefore, on World Aids Day (1 December) and at ICASA -the International Conference for AIDS & STIs in Durban, South Africa from 6th to 11th December, the Love Alliance is giving voice to those people who need to be heard from communities most at risk of HIV to changemakers wanting to make a change.
We're proud to announce the recent publication by Harm Reduction Journal of a leading paper that unpacks how failed policy approaches in the Global South have played a role in sustaining the legacy of colonization.
The question might be asked: "Why would previously colonized nations continue to implement and adopt drug policies that were originally designed to oppress their own people, often at the cost of the loss of traditional and material culture?'. This paper raises this, and many other, important questions.
The following story is taken from SANPUD Gauteng Regional Representative Koketso Mokubane's presentation on his personal journey of contracting viral Hepatitis (HCV), given during the Tshwane Substance Use Research Symposium in Pretoria on Tuesday 16th November 2021.
This year on November 26th, you are invited to join us in standing in solidarity with Women Who Use Drugs, as part of the global #16DaysOfActivism campaign to highlight Gender-Based Violence!
Which countries across the world have drug policy that aligns with the United Nations Common Position with drug policy - and which don't? The International Drug Policy Consortium's Global Drug Policy Index lays it all out - and went live today, Monday 8th November 2021.
Invitation: Tshwane Substance Use Research Symposium
On 16 and 17 November 2021, the University of Pretoria’s Community Oriented Substance Use Programme (COSUP), together with the Drug and Substance Abuse (DSA) Unit at the City of Tshwane, and the South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD) will be hosting a virtual research symposium focusing on the work done in and around substance use in the City of Tshwane.
Stigma. Criminalisation. Incarceration. Discrimination. All of these are facts of life drug users, who have faced the fierce consequences of the War On Drugs which has raged across the world for decades - and yet, despite these consequences, they have persisted. Join us on November 1st, along with the the International Network For People Who Use Drugs, as we celebrate International Drug Users Day.
As the number of stimulant compounds has grown in recent years (including those in the synthetic cathinone class), so the danger to users of stimulants in terms of contracting Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS has grown. In response to this, UNODC has released a series of videos designed to provide stimulant users with advice on how best to avoid practices that could lead to infection, and treatment and care.
- by Phumlani Malinga, SANPUD Press Officer
Recently the life of an opioid user in the City of Tshwane was saved by Naloxone following the new rollout of our team's training sessions on how to administer this drug, which is the most effective way of reversing a heroin overdose.