Monitoring Drug Abuse in South Africa
Monitoring Drug Abuse in the SADC region


Medical Research Council of South Africa Brief description of the SACENDU initiative
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 Organization. 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 and other drug (AOD) use trends and 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 AOD use, emerging trends, risk factors associated with AOD use, characteristics of vulnerable populations, and consequences of AOD use in South Africa.

SACENDU reports
Data collected for the SACENDU project is compiled every six months (i.e. January - June and July - December of a given year). Three reports are prepared every six months on the latest data collected.

SACENDU Presentations
Guest presentations made at bi-annual meetings, reports, presentations and updates, email Yolanda Williams at:


For queries related to bi-annual meetings, reports, presentations and updates, email Yolanda Williams at:
For any queries related to regional data representations, treatment data collection forms or becoming part of the SACENDU network, email Siphokazi Dada at:
For any queries, comments or concerns related to SACENDU, email Nadine Harker Burnhams at:

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