Launch of Advocacy Explanators on the Model Law on Drugs in West Africa



Launch of Advocacy Explanators on the Model Law on Drugs in West Africa

These new tools will directly support and strengthen civil society advocacy for more health and rights-based drug policies in West Africa.

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

Since the West African Drugs Commission launched a groundbreaking Model Drugs Law in 2018, civil society in the region and beyond has engaged stakeholders on the need to use the Model Law as a model for reform. national.

The model drug law promotes, among other things, the availability of harm reduction services as well as the decriminalization of possession of drugs for personal use, which has long been called for by UNAIDS.

As the Model Drug Law is by nature a long and technical document, UNAIDS supported the West Africa Drug Policy Network and the International Drug Policy Consortium to develop and disseminate two new tools of importance to civil society: a shorter, more accessible resource that summarizes key points from the Model Drugs Law and a short guide for local non-governmental organizations to explore how to use the Model Drugs Law in their work. In other words, the first advocacy explanation concerns the key ‘ingredients’ of the Model Drugs Law and the second contains a list of methods and strategies on how to use these ingredients to better integrate the law into their. advocacy and advancing drug policy reform. , based on the experiences of the region.

The documents were launched on September 27 in a live virtual webinar on Facebook and can be viewed in English, French and Portuguese at

“These new tools will directly support and strengthen civil society advocacy for more health and rights-based drug policies in West Africa and, in turn, strengthen the response to HIV among people who use drugs. drugs, ”said Patrick Brenny, Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for West and Central Africa.

Adeolu Ogunrombi, a commissioner for the West African Drugs Commission, stressed that the needs and demands for drug treatment and harm reduction are high, but service delivery is weak in the region, and said clarified that the law provides guidance on this matter. He also noted that criminalizing the possession of equipment and materials, such as needles, syringes and other accessories, has been shown to compromise the delivery and use of harm reduction services and has a negative impact on public health.

A case study was presented by Chinwike Okereke, representative of a civil society organization and focal point of the West African Drugs Commission in Nigeria, on the use of the Model Drug Law. In 2020, a coalition of civil society organizations made presentations on the Model Drugs Law to key decision makers, including the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Drug Law Reform Commission and the Agency. national anti-drug campaign. “The Model Drug Law provided an opportunity to have face-to-face discussions and generate a reform buzz that led to a Drug Law Reform Roundtable where all major federal players , criminal justice and state and civil society advocated for the adoption of the law as a model for reform, ”he said. Increased engagement with the Drug Law Reform Commission then led to the establishment of a task force that is actively working on overhauling drug laws in the country. He also encouraged civil society to use the new explainers and urged technical and financial partners to invest more funds for this effort across West Africa, as law reform takes some time.

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