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African Union Commission and the Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Program Present: Tanzania - Recent developments in drug policy and health services for people who use drugs
<p>Press Release</p>
October 8, 2012

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.   

WHO:

-- 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"

RELATED MEDIA:

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)



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