South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD), South Africa
Angela McBride is a woman who uses drugs and the Executive Director for the South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD). Angela has worked in the field of harm reduction for over 7 years, with lived experience working and participating in abstinence programs and centres while studying at the University of Pretoria, prior to being introduced to harm reduction as an intervention to mitigate the harms experienced by people who use drugs.
Angela worked with experts on the formative assessment and first needle syringe pilot project in South Africa, working as a peer educator and later coordinator for the needle/syringe programs and peer-involved harm reduction projects in South Africa. During this time, Angela also assisted in the BMSF Hepatitis research study that took place, conducting testing and counselling as well as training and information sharing on hepatitis.