Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
BUVANA, Flávia and VENTURA, Carla Aparecida Arena. International cooperation in combatting illicit drugs in Mozambique. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.spe, pp. 762-770. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692011000700014.
Countries from Southern Africa have formed a Development Community (SADC) to stimulate common actions in several areas, among them illicit drugs combat. In this context, the goal of this qualitative study was to identify information and perception about the cooperation set up between Mozambique and other SADC members in combatting illicit drugs. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with public employees developing actions directed at the implementation of the Protocol to Combat Drugs in SADC. After transcriptions, the interviews were analyzed by content analysis and resulted in the categories: "Mozambique as a drugs corridor", "Cooperation Initiatives on Drugs among African countries", "Cooperation Difficulties in Africa", "Problems in Protocol Implementation" and "Difficulties to implement a control policy". As a consequence, there is a need to review and update the policies and strategies in the drugs area, as they are not contextualized in the country's current reality.
Keywords : Illicit Drugs; International Cooperation; Public Policies.