SACENDU Input & Collaboration
As noted online, the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) was established in 1996 by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Department of Psychology at the University of Durban-Westville, with funding from the World Health Organisation. SACENDU is a network of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from all areas of South Africa.
Members of SACENDU meet every six months to provide community-level public health surveillance of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use trends, and the associated consequences through the presentation and discussion of quantitative and qualitative research data. Through this initiative, SACENDU provides descriptive information on the nature and pattern of ATOD use, emerging trends, risk factors associated with ATOD use, characteristics of vulnerable populations, and consequences of ATOD use in South Africa.
In the last year, the Centre of Criminology has worked closely with SACENDU members to further the mutually shared aim of understanding and responding more effectively to substance use in South Africa as a whole.
Derivative of this, Dr Simon Howell has presented three papers at the regional meetings in Cape Town, Durban, in Port Elizabeth respectively, on the topics of the drug economy, pricing, and policing interventions. The Centre looks forward to continued collaboration with the MRC for some years to come.