Day of Action 2018

City: Accra
Organisations: West Africa Drug Policy Network Ghana Ltd, WABHARM- Ghana, Compassion Rehab, Addictive Diseases Unit, Korle-bu

A press briefing was held with a number of press houses to emphasise the need for drug policies that are public health friendly. There was also a presentation of research conducted by the Network on the experiences of persons addicted to drugs in rehabilitation facilities. This was followed by a meeting with workers in various rehabilitation facilities to share ideas and to receive their feedback on the research conducted.

Media Coverage:
“Corporate Bodies Charged To Support Rehabilitation Centres.” June 28, 2018. https://www.modernghana.com/news/864322/corporate-bodies-charged-to-support-rehabilitation-centres.html.
“CSOs Need A Unified Voice To Reach Government On The Plight Of Drug Addicts.” July 2, 2018. http://www.businessworldghana.com/csos-need-unified-voice-reach-government-plight-drug-addicts/.
“Today is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.” June 26, 2018. https://www.brytfmonline.com/today-is-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking/.
“Drug addicts don’t belong to jails – WADPN.” June 27, 2018. http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/drug-addicts-don-t-belong-to-jails-wadpn-134787.


Day of Action 2017

On 24th June, activists took the streets of Accra to demand a new drug control strategy focused on harm reduction and to say that drugs are not a criminal issue, but a public health issue. Furthermore, members of the West Africa Drug Policy Network, IDPC and WACSI participated in some media activities.


Day of Action 2016

In Accra, a walk was organised with key stakeholders and celebrities, while activists reached out to the media to discuss drug policy reform in Ghana. The Ghana Chapter of the West Africa Drug Policy Network, in collaboration with the Narcotic Control Board organised a week-long educational campaign in Ho. It climaxed with a Durbar on the Support. Don’t Punish Day of Action, which attracted chiefs, religious leaders, security officers, the MCE, members of the Narcotics Control Board, health workers, medical students and students in the Ho municipality.

Media coverage