South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU)

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, 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.

Next Regional SACENDU meetings

  • 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
SACENDU updates
SACENDU briefs
SACENDU - full reports
Phase 51: Presentations

Gauteng and Northern Region

Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu Natal

51st SACENDU Symposium

Contact Details
  • Bi-annual meetings, reports, presentations, updates, regional data representations, treatment data collection forms or becoming part of the SACENDU network, contact: Nancy Hornsby at or Jodilee Erasmus at
  • For any queries, comments or concerns related to SACENDU, contact: Nadine Harker at