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Webinar: Changing Drug Markets in Africa – Research and Policy Issues
October 6th 2021, 3-4.30 pm CET
This seminar, organized by the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) in collaboration with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC), aims to contribute to expanding the research base on drug markets in Africa. Further, it seeks to highlight vital ongoing research within the region demonstrating the ever more complex relation between transnational and local drug markets. The seminar incorporates a multidisciplinary approach, grounded in new empirical research on the dynamics of various drugs trades across Africa and the lessons that can be learned from this research for future research design and policy analysis. The presentations are designed to reflect a diversity of perspectives, and to provide points of departure for further examination by the discussant and in a Q&A session with panellists.
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|Presentation / discussion focus||Speaker, title, institution||Time|
|Chair||Jallal Toufiq, Director of the Moroccan National Observatory on Drugs and Addiction and International Society of Substance Use Professionals, Morocco.||5 mins|
|Retail characteristics of illicit drug markets in eastern and southern Africa, methodological challenges & issues||Jason Eligh, Senior Expert, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime||10-12 mins|
|A research partnership with people who use drugs to examine Kenyan drug markets from the inside out, methodology and access to the community of people who use drugs||Bernice Apondi, Policy Manager, Voices of Community Action and Leadership (VOCAL), Kenya||10-12 mins|
|Prescription medicine trafficking and misuse in West Africa, trafficking in tramadol, data sources, challenges and obstacles, institutional responses||Maria-Goretti Ane Loglo, Focal point for International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Ghana||10-12 mins|
|Innovative methodologies for drug market research in Africa
|Simone Haysom, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime||10-12 mins|
|Discussant||Prof. Peter Reuter, School of Public Policy & Department of Criminology at University of Maryland||10-12 mins|
|Q&A session||35 mins|
International Network for Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU)
October 3rd-15th 2021, Sydney Australia (face to face in Sydney and online)
Cancellation of the 2021 ISSDP Annual Conference
The ISSDP Board and 2021 Host committee have had to make the difficult decision to fully cancel the 2021 conference in Aguascalientes Mexico due to ongoing uncertainties and restrictions caused by COVID-19.
We are very disappointed that we will not be able to meet as a society in Mexico as originally planned, and hope that we will get another opportunity to meet there in coming years. Moreover, we have further decided that, due to the logistical difficulty of managing an engaging conference when dealing with all the world’s time zones, we will not shift the 2021 conference to a virtual setting. Instead, we encourage you to participate in the ongoing ISSDP virtual seminar series that we have scheduled in an alternating time zones allowing members to join when it is convenient, and catch taped versions later when it is not convenient.
A complete list of our upcoming mentoring and research seminars can be found here: https://www.issdp.org/webinars.
15th Annual ISSDP Conference
Lisbon, November 2022
In remembrance of our colleague and friend, Tomáš Zábranský
It is with great sadness that ISSDP reports the passing of our friend and colleague, Tomáš Zábranský MD, PhD. Tomáš was part of ISSDP during its origins, contributing both as a highly-regarded epidemiologist who studied blood-borne diseases and mortality among those who used drugs as well as someone who understood the importance of rigorous research reaching policy makers and the need for objective evaluation of government programs and spending. He was an early ISSDP Board member, serving the organization until 2014, sharing his knowledge and experience of how to build bridges between policy research and policy in practice. In 2014, he became the Advisor on Drug Policy to the Czech Prime Minister and later served as the Envoy of the Czech Minister of Health for the Implementation of Medical Cannabis into the Czech Medical System and for Illegal Drug Issues, thereby playing a key role in the development of the Czech drug policy. He also headed up the Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (the national focal point). Tomáš never quit his academic scholarship, authoring over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals in addition to several official reports. His smile, quick wit, and razor focused intellect will be sorely missed by all of us.
For more information on his life and contributions, please see the following: