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South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use

SACENDUSACENDU 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, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) 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 ATOD use, emerging trends, risk factors associated with ATOD use, characteristics of vulnerable populations, and consequences of ATOD use in South Africa.

  • Gauteng: 18th April 23
  • Northern Region (Mpumalanga): 19th April 23
  • KwaZulu Natal: 20th April 23
  • Eastern Cape: 21st April 23
  • Western Cape: 25th April 23

Eastern Cape

  1. “We Want to See Youth That Would Be Better People Than Us”: A Case Report on Addressing Adolescent Substance Use in Rural South Africa - Presented by Wilson Majee and Lisa Wegner
  2. SACENDU Eastern Cape Treatment Demand Data - Presented by Jodilee Erasmus 
  3. Diverse roles of heterogenous drugs in facilitating crime in East London. The input of East London community - Presented by Dr Samkelo Bala
  4. Ramifications of Drug use Among Female Adolescents in Mission Location, Mnquma Municipality, Eastern Cape - Presented by Dr Samkelo Bala
  5. Peerled recovery groups for people with psychosis in South Africa (PRIZE): a randomized controlled feasibility trial - Presented by Bongwekazi Rapiya
  6. Community-based harm reduction services: Eastern Cape - Presented by Phumzile Mchunu


  1. National study of women sex workers’ use of alcohol and drugs and experience of GBV - Presented by Rachel Jewkes
  2. SACENDU Gauteng Treatment Demand Data - Presented by Nancy Hornsby
  3. Alcohol, and Violence Against Women and Girls : Pooled analyses from Low-middle Income Settings - Presented by Leane Ramsoomar Hariparsaad
  4. Exploring the Possible selves of multiple relapse substance misusers: The next steps - Presented by Dr Sue Bond
  5. Describing alcohol related rape cases and attrition from THE RAPSSA national study  - Presented by Mercilene Machisa
  6. Community-based harm reduction services: Gauteng - Presented by Tendai Makina
  7. Service Quality Measures Project  - Presented by Kim Johnson

Western Cape

  1. A Stepped Care, Peer-Delivered Intervention to Improve ART - Presented by Stefani Du Toit
  2. Effect of minimum unit pricing on consumption of unrecorded alcohol in South Africa and the Western Cape in particular, including strategies to minimize negative outcomes - Presented by Prof Charles Parry
  3. SACENDU Western Cape Treatment Demand Data - Presented by Jodilee Erasmus
  4. Life-years lost associated with mental illness in a South African medical insurance scheme - Presented by Mpho Tlali
  5. Impact of alcohol consumption on tuberculosis treatment outcomes - Presented by Chané Buys
  6. Community-based harm reduction services: Western Cape - Presented by Mildrett Stevens
  7. “On my maternity book it states that I needed counselling, yet I didn’t get it”: stigma, fear and barriers to accessing antenatal care for pregnant women who use alcohol - Presented by Jodilee Erasmus

Northern Region

  1. Building cooperative learning to address alcohol and other drug abuse- Presented by Maria van der Merwe
  2. SACENDU Treatment Demand Data Northern region - Presented by Nancy Hornsby
  3. Voice needs teeth to have bite’! Expanding community-led action-learning in rural South Africa - Presented by Maria van der Merwe
  4. Community-based harm reduction services: Mpumalanga - Presented by Philasande Madosi

KwaZulu Natal

  1. Mental Distress and Substance Use among Rural African Youth who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) - Presented by Nomusa Mngoma
  2. SACENDU KZN Treatment Demand Data - Presented by Jodilee Erasmus
  3. SURVIVING BUT NOT THRIVING, understanding the association of chronic psychosis with or without substance use on burden of care and quality of life for caregivers - Presented by Dr JA Chetty
  4. A hidden epidemic: Engaging people who inject drugs into the HIV care continuum - Presented by Cecilia Milford and Michael Wilson
  5. Community-based harm reduction services: KwaZulu Natal - Presented by Ayanda Nyathi

Contact us for:

Bi-annual meetings, reports, presentations, updates, regional data representations, treatment data collection forms or becoming part of the SACENDU network


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