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South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU)  

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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 Departmentof Psychology at the University of Durban- Westville with funding from the World Health Organization. SACENDU is a network ofresearchers, 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.
SACENDU updates
The SACENDU Update is a two page summary, published in April/May & November.
SACENDU briefs
The SACENDU Brief is a 12-16 page report providing a detailed summary, published in June/July and December.
SACENDU - full reports
The SACENDU Proceedings, published in February & August is a full (+/- 100pp) report of all the data collected during the previous six-month period.
2016 SACENDU Phase 40 presentations

Western Cape


KwaZulu Natal

Eastern Cape



For queries related to bi-annual meetings, reports, presentations and updates, regional data representations, treatment data collection forms or becoming part of the SACENDU network


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For any queries, comments or concerns related to SACENDU, email Nadine Harker Burnhams at:

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