A public event at Bujumbura Public Garden took place in the morning and included a peaceful demonstration and speeches – including from the Minister of Health.
In Bujumbura, the ANSS organised a workshop entitled “Everything you need to know on drug use: Breaking the taboo to treat better”. The workshop was attended by officials from the Ministry of Health, of Justice, of Public Security, of Human Rights and of Gender. The ANSS also reached out to the media to share stories of people who use drugs and the consequences of repressive drug policies. GCAP also joined in, organising a woman football match on 26th June. The match was followed by a gathering to discuss drug policy.
GCAP organised a football match with representatives from NGOs working on drug policy in the country in Rumonge town. The event included NGO representatives, local policy makers, religious leaders, and children’s, youth’s and women’s groups. The ANSS organised a day of exchange and awareness raising in Bujumbura around creating a health and human rights based approach to drug use, gathering health professionals, policy makers, prison officials, human rights advocates, NGOs and people who use drugs.