ADDIS ABABA, October 8, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- This panel of health and drug control officials from Tanzania will share the country's recent experience strengthening health services, including medication-assisted treatment, for people with drug dependencies and in the evolution of a policy framework and police practices that enable drug users to benefit from health services. Panelists will describe the policy and program-level decision-making and the various actors who enabled these changes to come about and will discuss lessons from this experience.
-- Dr Frank Masao, Director, Muhimbili Rehabiliation Centre for IDUs, Muhimbili National Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry, Dar es Salaam
-- Dr Ayoub Magimba, Assistant Director, Non-Communicable Diseases, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
-- Mr Yovin Ivo, Officer in Charge of Treatment and Rehabilitation, Drug Control Commission
-- Mr Amani Msami, Officer in Charge of Education, Information and Statistics, Drug Control Commission
DATE: 10 October 2012
WHEN: 13:00 - 15:00
WHERE: AUC HQ, New Building, New Conference Center, Multipurpose Hall.
For more information see: Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, "Helping Tanzania Stop an HIV Epidemic Driven by Injection Drug Use"
All Africa, "Tanzania: Drug Abuse Therapy Bears Fruits", 10 September 2012
The New York Times, "Addiction: A First in Sub-Saharan Africa: Methadone Maintenance Program", 21 February 2011
Source: African Union Commission (AUC)