2nd Edition: The Harm Reduction Exchange

November 30 - December 1, 2022
Virtual and in-person

The Harm Reduction Exchange (HRE) was an in-person and virtual (hybrid) two-day event from November 30 to December 1, 2022.
It convened and engaged scientists, health policy experts and harm reduction advocates with media stakeholders across the PAE Region. It included panel discussions, addresses, open floor Q&A sessions on harm reduction, and tobacco harm reduction as a specific focus.
The key objectives of the event were:

  • To expose the media to independent harm reduction stakeholders to enhance their knowledge and allow them to trigger the debate in public opinion and citizenry spheres.
  •  To reinforce evidence of progress in public health and acceptance/rejection of better alternatives for consumers by highlighting innovative policy and practice approaches and showcasing the latest scientific evidence from regulators on harm reduction.

Our Speakers

Prof. Abdoul A. Kassé
Mr. Clive Bates
United Kingdom
Dr. Kgosi Letlape
South Africa
Mr. Joseph Magero
Ms. Bernice Apondi
Mr. Jonathan Fell
United Kingdom
Mr. Chimwemwe Ngoma
Dr. Vivian Manyeki
Mr. Linus Gitahi
Dr. Tendai Mhizha
South Africa
Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba

Event Resources

These are presentations by the respective speakers.
  • Science Behind Tobacco Harm Reduction Dec 2022 Final by Mr. Clive Bates Download
  • Public health progress and harm reduction challenges around consumers by Dr. Vivian Manyeki Download
  • Harm Reduction Exchange 2022 by Mr. Jonathan Fell Download
  • Comparative Harm Reduction by Ms. Bernice Apondi Download
  • How Harm Reduction can play a role in public Health by Prof. Abdoul Kassé Download
  • Media and society - Kenya Nov 2022 by Dr. Tendai Mhizha Download

Event Coverage

Tobacco: Why Africa must prioritise harm reduction – Expert

By Ngozi Nwoke Worried by the growing evidence of tobacco use and given its impact on public health, experts from various fields

Technology key in reducing smoking harm – experts

Technology and alternatives will play key role in reducing effects of cigarette smoking in Africa. This as reports show e-cigarette

Harm reduction key in public health strategies and tobacco control

MEDIA has been called upon to play a critical role in accelerating harm reduction efforts by informing and sensitizing cigarette

Quit or die sooner

Abdoul Kassé, world renowned oncologist and a professor of surgery at the Cancer Institute in Senegal, has warned smokers to

Media has a Role in Accelerating Harm Reduction Adoption

African Scientists and Experts Call for the adoption of a Harm Reduction in approach in Public Health Strategies and Tobacco

Adopt new products to curb tobacco-related deaths, African government told

AFRICAN governments have been implored to adopt new strategies to reduce public health threats caused by tobacco as eight million

Africa needs tobacco harm reduction sensitisation

Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) experts have called for more effort in sensitising Africans to the benefits of the harm reduction

Cigar smokers can switch to lower risk products

Cigarette smokers have a plethora of products available to them that reduce the harm caused by smoking, writes BONISILE MAKHUBU. These

Kenya urged to adopt nicotine alternatives

Kenya has been urged to accelerate the availability of alternatives to tobacco products, which can potentially lower the health risks

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

Media has a role in accelerating harm reduction adoption

Media has a critical role to play in accelerating Harm Reduction efforts by informing and sensitizing cigarette smokers on the

Não é sobre religião nem crença, é sobre ciência

Não é sobre religião nem crença, é sobre ciência – Foi uma das intervenções mais contundentes do 2º Intercâmbio sobre

Role Of Media In Accelerating Cigarettes’ Harm Reduction

Media have a critical role to play in accelerating Harm Reduction efforts by informing and sensitizing cįgarette smokers on the

Tobacco control

Issues surrounding health of tobacco smokers and people around them has long been a serious cause of worry. At the second

Science-Led Regulations – The panacea to tobacco Harm Reduction in Africa

Tobacco control in Africa remains a major factor in the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) equation. While there are no specific laws

Navigating Obstacles To Tobacco Harm Reduction Efforts In Africa

SMOKING prevalence is relatively low on the African continent despite projections by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the total number

Vaping Towards Cessation – Can Tobacco Harm Reduction Increase Smoking Quit Ratio?

Professor Michael Russell, often referred to as the godfather of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), highlighted in one of his writings that  “People smoke