Stories from UNODC - Eastern Africa

Doors open to Kwale's first MAT clinic with UNODC's support

Governor Kwale, H.E Salim Mvurya delivers the speechKwale, 02 October 2017- The Governor of Kwale H.E Salim Mvurya inaugurated the first clinic for medically assisted treatment (MAT) in the County. Surrounded by the county team, representatives from NASCOP, USAID, UNODC, civil society organisation, clients and family members, he unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event with distinguished guests.

UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa officially handed over the medically assisted therapy (MAT) clinic in Kwale to the County Government. The clinic, which is now part of Kombani Health Centre, started registering male and female clients who inject drugs as their first clients on this historic day. It is the 4th clinic at the Kenyan Coast to be handed over to counties by UNODC. The facilities and the technical support provided is included in the context of a comprehensive national programme aimed at curbing the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs in Kenya - an effort of getting Kenya closer to meeting zero new infection by 2030.

The inauguration of the new clinic was made possible through the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and technical support of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Read More

 

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UNODC commemorates World Day against Trafficking in Persons in Nairobi and urges greater regional cooperation to protect and assist trafficking victims

Nairobi, Kenya- 31 July 2017 - To commemorate this year's World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UNODC's Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) hosted a round table discussion to highlight the importance of improved action to protect and assist trafficking victims.The regional event, hosted at the United Nations at Nairobi, brought together representatives from Member States, international organisations, NGOs and civil society from across the region and beyond and was opened by Sid Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, and Alan Cole, Officer-in-Charge of ROEA. The discussion focused on reinforcing a human rights-based and victim-centred approach to countering trafficking in persons, improved awareness-raising regarding the perils of trafficking and the need to improve regional cooperation and coordination aimed at countering trafficking in persons in Eastern Africa. In this regard, UNODC underlined the need for effective regional coordination and cooperation in the fight against trafficking in persons.

Accordingly and within the framework of its Regional Programme for Eastern Africa (2016-2021), UNODC committed to facilitating the development and endorsement of a Regional Plan of Action to Counter Trafficking in Persons in Eastern Africa. The purpose of this Plan would be to ensure commitment by the thirteen Eastern African Member States to ratify or accede to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol against Trafficking in Persons, to criminalize all aspects of trafficking in persons in a harmonized manner, to ensure improved capacity building to prevent, suppress and punish all acts of trafficking in persons, to ensure effective support, assistance and protection to victims of trafficking, and to enhance international cooperation in criminal matters. Read More

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World Drug Report 2017: 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful

Nairobi, Kenya- 23 June 2017 - UNODC today launched the World Drug Report 2017 during an event held in Nairobi at the United Nations Office in  Nairobi (UNON) Complex following successful launches the previous day in Vienna, New York and Geneva. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic community in Nairobi as well as UNODC and other UN staff. The launch event, chaired by Alan Cole, Officer in Charge UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), included comments by Mr. Gideon Kimilu, Head of INTERPOL Regional Bureau Nairobi, and Prof. John Muteti, Director, Research & Policy Development from the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), who presented their respective organizations' views on the importance of effective drug supply and demand interventions. The World Drug Report was subsequently presented by Johan Kruger, Head of Transnational Organized Crime, Illicit Trafficking and Terrorism Programmes, ROEA, and Hussein Manji, Health and Social Development Specialist, ROEA.

Key findings of 20 th World Drug Report included the startling fact that in 2015, about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people - or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population - were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide, according to the latest World Drug Report, released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Read More

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