The African continent is witnessing an upsurge in illicit drug trafficking and the problems associated therewith. Africa is also witnessing an increase in problematic drug use among its domestic populations and the spill over public health issues that accompany certain drug use (for example, the spread of HIV/AIDS). The need to create effective strategies that can be instituted within Zimbabwe, and then also serve as models for the rest of the continent has become an urgent development issue that must be addressed.
he Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network [ZCLDN], established in 2011, is a national initiative working in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa with the mission to advocate for effective strategies for addressing problems associated with drug misuse in Zimbabwe. It will work to establish workable policies that are grounded in science, public health and human rights in order to help minimize the harms associated with drug use and misuse.