Mission to Kenya

An INCB mission visited Kenya from 11 to 14 June 2013. The mission was conducted by Dr. Lochan Naidoo, member of the Board, accompanied by Mr. Matthew Nice, of the INCB Secretariat. The aim of the mission was to review the Government's efforts to comply with obligations of the three international drug control conventions to which it is a party. The last Board mission to Kenya occurred in 2002.

The mission held discussions with senior officials from the Ministry of Provincial Administration and Internal Security, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse, the Anti-Narcotic Police Unit, Ministry of Health, the Judiciary, Ministry of Medical Services, the Kenya Revenue Authority, Customs, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenya Airports Authority and examined operations at the Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The mission also visited the United Nations Offices in Nairobi and met with representatives from UNAIDS, UNDP and UNODC. The mission also met with the National Technical Committee on Drug Trafficking and Abuse, visited the drug treatment ward of the Mathari Hospital, and the Nairobi Outreach Services Trust, an NGO which provides outpatient drug treatment services for high-risk injecting and other drug users in the capital.    

Issues addressed during discussions with senior officials included those related to the situation and efforts related to countering drug trafficking, legislative measures and administrative policies of drug control that have been introduced by the Government, issues related to opiate availability in palliative care, and the provision of drug abuse treatment and abuse prevention. Measures aimed at controlling the movement of precursor chemicals to, from and through Kenya were also discussed.

The findings of the mission will be discussed by the Board at its next session held from October 28 - November 15, 2013, and results will be reflected in the 2013 INCB Annual Report, to be published in early 2014.

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