1st Edition: The Harm Reduction Exchange

January 20, 2022
Virtual Online

The first edition of the Harm Reduction Exchange (HRE) event was held on January 20, 2022, and was themed “Harm Reduction as a Winning Strategy in Africa.” The half-day virtual forum focused on the rationale behind harm reduction in general. There is a need to ensure that key stakeholders, including the media, are well-informed on current advances in harm reduction and relevant information about the scientific evidence supporting harm reduction’s impact on public health. The agenda revolved around the following themes:

  1.    The concept of Harm Reduction: principles and examples
  2.    The role of science in harm reduction and its impact on public health
  3.    Highlights and key takeaways from the launch of the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) report

The exchange aimed at bringing together harm reduction advocates to focus on the rationale  behind harm reduction in general and tobacco harm reduction in particular with the following objectives in mind:

  •  For harm reduction advocates and independent parties to support facts and evidence-based approach.
  •  Highlight innovative approaches in policy and practice and the latest scientific
    evidence in tobacco harm reduction.
  •  Expose media to independent stakeholders and scientists to enhance their knowledge and allow them to trigger public opinion and media debate.
  •  Promote public awareness of THR and raise awareness of alternatives to combustible

Our Speakers

Dr. Tendai Mhizha
South Africa
Dr. Kgosi Letlape
South Africa
Mr. Joseph Magero
Mr. Harry Shapiro
United Kingdom
Dr. Imane Kendili
Prof. Moussa Diallo
Prof. David Khayat

Event Resources

These are presentations by the respective speakers.
  • Nouvelle approche de la réduction de la nocivité des produits dépigmentants en dermatologie by Prof. Moussa Diallo Download
  • Prof. David Khayat spoke on Cancer and Tobacco Harm Reduction during the event Watch Here

Event Coverage

Smoking: Africa must prioritise Harm Reduction – experts

With about eight million people dying annually due to smoking-related illnesses and outright quitting being difficult for most smokers, experts

Africa in need of a tobacco control policy built on scientific risk assessment

The Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA), an organisation based in Kenya, working with various stakeholders, including policymakers, on key issues

Media crucial in countering tobacco harm reduction misinformation

Phillip Morris International (PMI) says misinformation has hampered its campaign to replace combustible cigarettes with tobacco harm reduction alternatives. “But