Day of Action 2018

City: Abidjan
Organisations: Lumiere du Jour, MdM, UNICO, CONAD CI, Anonyme, Parole Autour de la Sante, Foyer du Bonheur, La Fontaine, La Releve, Espace Confiance, EFED

A press conference was organized by UNICO with the participation of Lumiere Du Jour and the other organisations working under MdM. On Friday, June 22, 2018, family lunch activities brought together drug users and their families. On June 26, 2018, the group walked 1500 meters from Adjamé Liberté (a place very frequented by all professionals of Abidjan) to the blue cross.
Lumiere du Jour distributed T-shirts bearing the “Support. Do not punish LDJ and MDM” logo to participants and passers-by.
A mini football match scheduled at the police academy has been postponed. It will now take place when the new revised law of the government is put in place, according to the police authority.

Media Coverage:
“Lutte contre la drogue: Médecins du Monde et des activistes dévoilent les conséquences de l’approche répressive.” June 21, 2018. https://www.fratmat.info/index.php/societe/lutte-contre-la-drogue-medecins-du-monde-et-des-activistes-devoilent-les-consequences-de-l-approche-repressive.
“Une campagne pour la défense des droits des usagers de la drogue lancée à Abidjan.” June 21, 2018. https://news.abidjan.net/h/639919.html.



Day of Action 2017

In Abidjan, a press conference took place on 26th June organized by Médecins du Monde and Espace Confiance, with an opening address from the coordinating director of the National Program to Combat Tobacco, Alcoholism, Addiction and Other Addictions (NTPA). There were presentations of national drug intervention by regional specialists followed by a musical interlude by Boklay with “Gandja Man, Support Don’t Punish”. 4 videos made by local PWUD networks were screened and was attended by local press and national TV.

The message this year was “Usagers, tous citoyens. Autorités, protégez nous” (Users, all citizens. Authorities, protect us).

Media Coverage:

RTI Officiel, 11 July 2017: Le 19 Heures de RTI


Day of Action 2016

This year, actions in Ivory Coast took place between 22nd and 26th June, with the financial and coordination support of Medecins du Monde.

On 22nd June, the NGO Croix Bleue also organised a training workshop in Abidjan on drug dependence for NGO representatives working on HIV, hepatitis, TB and drugs.

On 23rd June, the NGO Espace Confiance held a press conference at Croix Bleue with the participation of NGOs, international agencies and the Ministries of Interior and Defense. A sensitisation and care action was also offered in the Ghetto of Adjame “Washington”.

On 24th June, the Criminology Department of the University of Félix Houphouët Boigny in Abidjan organised a roundtable with experts from the Ministry of Defense, the university, international agencies and civil society (including Medecins du Monde and the testimony of a former user).

The actions culminated on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th with a march at Croix Bleue organised by the network of NGOs CONADCI (Conseil des Organisation de Lutte Anti-drogue de Côte d’Ivoire) and community village organised by the network UNICO at the Croix Bleue headquarters, which included 13 NGOs and a stand for blood donations. Finally, an official ceremony was held at the Croix Bleue with attendance from prominent policy makers including the Ministries of Health, of Home Affairs and of Defence, the mayor of Adjame, the DPSD, UNODC, people who use drugs and civil society.

Media coverage


Day of Action 2015

In Ivory Coast, Foyer du Bonheur, RAIDH and Médecins du Monde organised a press conference, followed by a maracana tournament in Abidjan.