The COVID 19 pandemic globally has had a devastating negative impact especially in low income countries like Uganda who have fragile health system and can’t manage many cases. Governments declared lockdown and everything stood at stand still for over 75 days. Children and their families depending on small informal business closed, capital eaten up and didn’t know what to happen next.

Our entire 9 Drop in centers/safe spaces were closed and over 2000 slum youth and poor children scattered and a few went home. We received distress calls from some our young people we serve daily in our drop in centers that life had become unbearable, there was a lot of hunger, and some violence was inflicted on children. It is estimated that another 3 million Ugandans are expected to fall into abject poverty as a result increasing the number to 23 million people.

Children trying to cope in the pandemic were far worse off and some taken play by the exploiters in the name of giving food (exchange for sex). There was a spike and increase of sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the informal settlement and slums. Gladly we requested for support from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) through Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram and OAK Foundation, who responded positively to this emergency to assist and help over 1500 children in Kampala city who were scattered in the city. UYDEL received USD $ 25,000 from OAK Foundation towards support for procurement and distribution of food relief and other basic necessities to young people to contribute to their welfare and also prevent infections of COVID 19 in the communities.

UYDEL Response: With support from our donors, we have put together hygiene basket composed of wash stands with buckets, soap and Dettol, with informational brochures that were distributed through our networks and with our partners in urban communities, and in support of local government leadership. We are mobilizing and supporting youth in our networks who know how to sew to make artisanal face masks that can be made available to the wider community on sale at reasonable cost.

UYDEL also tapped into the COVID 19 response fund under the EASY U25 Project to provide funds worth 96,726,000/= to cater for Foods and emergency support for vulnerable slum youth and their families under the project, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and support to Slum youth and UYDEL Staff while at the drop-in centers and Secretariat and Provide Foods and emergency support for vulnerable slum youth and their families under the project.

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Food donations

In these few weeks we have seen families living in extreme poverty being hit even harder by the crisis as prices for basic food items and supplies skyrocket.  We are lobbying our networks for support and once this is realised then we plan to provide these families with additional cash subsidies to help keep food on the table. For homeless people and children this is worse. The UYDEL communication and M&E team has worked on critical messages to share as the risk for violence and exploitation of women and children - especially girls – increases significantly in times of crisis. These messages will be shared on community radio, on Whatsapp networks, by text messaging and other ways UYDEL usually communicate.


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Conclusion: This has so far been a successful activity since many young people have benefitted from the relief items. We still have some leftover food to reach some more young people. However, many numbers of youths are still unreached and they need food now since the lock down has been extended for another 21 days. Many will not start immediately any enterprises to improve their survival and coping.  We anticipate many parents will not be able to support their children in the immediate future and many children are likely to be enticed into sexual exploitation, homelessness ness.

The way forward goals are to reach 1,300 (900 girls and 400 males) at UYDEL training centers and 9 city youth drop in centers. Vulnerable poor hit by pandemic as a short term measure to reduce trauma, dependency, sexual exploitation, trafficking, and violence and encourage recovery and also to build resilience and social capital for full recovery and reduce trauma and sexual exploitation.

Situation Analysis of Alcohol Abuse among Youth during the COVID 19 Lockdown in Uganda


Alcohol Harm Prevention Project

Radio Talk Show Report

Discussion Topic: Situation analysis of Alcohol abuse among young during the COVID 19 lock down

Station: Tiger FM 102.5 frequency  located in Nansana Municipality

Date:11th June 2020; 9:00AM to 10:00AM         

Guests: Mr. Mutaawe Rogers; Senior Programme Manager & Mr. Lubega Andrew; Project Officer


  • To discuss the situation of alcohol abuse among young people during the COVID 19 lock down
  • To share experiences about the effects of risky behaviours among youths in Uganda.
  • To offer solutions to address the challenges of alcohol use that affect youths.
  • To share the way forward towards supporting the youths during this “new normal” in Uganda

Background information

This is a morning flagship programme conducted in the local language Luganda on Tiger FM. The radio set aside every Thursday to discuss key salient issues that concern health of people in the community hence the topic of the day.

Summary of the proceedings

The moderator asked Mr. Mutaawe to define alcohol use and abuse. In his submission, Mr. Mutaawe said that alcohol is mainly composed on methanol and is a socially acceptable in society. However, many people and especially children and young people are increasingly misusing the alcohol and are taking it daily in uncontrolled amounts which has led to addictions and dependence. Addictions are mainly a result of peer pressure, stress, family environment and poverty. He said that children as young as 14 years have been taken to Butabika for treatment which is a worrying situation for the country and that about 20% of cases in hospital have alcohol related problems.


Mr. Lubega on the other hand said that field work experience of UYDEL had showed that young people were increasingly getting hooked to alcohol during the lock down.  This is mainly due to lack of engagement in productive activities as many have not been working which left them idle. The availability of alcohol in bars/shops has made it very easy for young people to engage in alcohol consumption in addition to the environment, family and peer pressure. Despite the Presidential directives of closure of all bars, some people are buying a lot of alcohol and storing it in their homes which has exacerbated the problems. Alcohol is no ordinary commodity for all people to access on streets, bars, shops and other places.


On the issue of parental guidance, Mr. Mutaawe noted that many parents are busy working leaving little or no time for children at home. In due process children lack role models and end up belonging to bad peer groups. Likewise, some parents drink at home and also leave alcohol in refrigerators which pre disposes children to alcohol consumption at an early age. He called on the parents to be good role models to their children during these hard times.


Mr. Lubega also highlighted that UYDEL was implementing activities of the Alcohol Harm prevention project that include; follow up the enforcement of the alcohol bylaws; training of NGOs/CBOs in advocacy skills; sensitization meetings with local leaders in the Divisions; conduct community awareness dialogue sessions about the enforcement of the alcohol bylaws in the targeted Divisions; conduct training sessions on harms of alcohol with villagers; awareness raising through music dance and drama shows in the project areas; conduct sensitization meetings with owners of entertainment places, bars, supermarkets in targeted communities; develop and print bylaw materials such as posters, stickers for dissemination in target areas and media talk shows.


Mr. Mutaawe informed the listeners that UYDEL had been serving the most marginalized out of school young people for the last 25 years in Kampala and rural communities. UYDEL provides services to the most at risk populations, street children, slum youth through life skills education, counselling, vocational skills training and apprenticeship, career guidance, and psychosocial support. He observed that youths are faced with problems of poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, high teenage pregnancies, crime, vulnerabilities to trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The youths have been for long been neglected and that’s why government programmes now have tended to target them more especially the youth livelihood program. He encouraged youths to be patient and establish viable business ventures that are profitable and legal. He encouraged youths to always look out for opportunities basing on where they stay. For example he informed them to think creatively during this lock down and probably engage in new viable employment opportunities within their communities to avoid the challenges of unemployment.

  1. John Paul from Vision High school Kawempe thanked the guests for the insightful information. He noted that government gets taxes from alcohol and this makes it difficult to curb alcohol abuse. He also wondered why Police doesn’t enforce the drug law yet many youths consume these illicit substances from known places.
  2. A gentleman by the names “Small eye” from Semuto urged government to ban cheap alcohol to promote a generation free from alcohol related harm.
  3. Another caller from Kyebando stated that government is to blame for increased alcohol use because it has not help the youths   and they have lost hope.
  4. Another caller from Kikandwa wanted to know how UYDEL helps those trainees that graduate from vocational skills training.

Mr. Mutaawe said that police have the duty to arrest people who break the law by using drugs and abusing alcohol. He urged the community leaders to regularly engage the police to do their work. He also noted that government may not ban alcohol now but advocacy for alcohol regulation shall continue to ensure that the law and policy promote public health.


Mr. Lubega in his response urged the youths to be creative and engage in viable economic activities other than waiting for support from government. He also informed the listeners that upon completion of skills training the UYDEL trainees are linked to potential employers for internship while others are supported with startup tool kits whenever resources are available.



Way forward

Mr. Mutaawe concluded by thanking the host for inviting him to share his experiences with young people and also teaching the youths values of self-reliance and survival to address the unemployment problem. He thanked the station for the opportunity and urged the management to always create time for developmental programs. He urged the young people to stay resilient and calm as the Nation grapples with the lock down.


On the other hand, Mr. Lubega urged the youths to avoid alcohol use and abuse by being in presence of good peer groups, applying life skills, and engage in productive ventures. He noted that UYDEL will continue working closely with Nansana Municipality to develop alcohol bylaws to regulate alcohol sale and consumption. He called upon the business owners to always consider public health and safety as they sale alcohol. They should not sale to minors.

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Formación sobre prevención de drogas en conjunción con la 23a reunión de la Comisión de Estupefacientes (CND 2-6 de marzo de 2020 en Viena, Austria

El Sr. Kasirye Rogers asistió a una reunión sobre prevención de drogas en colaboración con las 23 sesiones de la Comisión de Estupefacientes (CND 2-6 de marzo de 2020 en Viena, Austria). Fue organizado por Drug Free America Foundation Inc., un líder mundial en prevención del abuso de drogas con más de cinco divisiones en el trabajo de política de abuso de drogas.

El objetivo de la reunión fue tener la oportunidad de compartir nuestras preocupaciones y puntos de vista en varias reuniones junto con el CND, red con organizaciones afines, así como compartir y aprender los efectos que el mal uso de sustancias tiene en otras culturas y regiones y educarse mutuamente sobre los efectos, programadores prometedores, innovaciones e intervenciones en la prevención, el tratamiento y la recuperación.

Una gran cantidad de información y conocimientos fueron compartidos por expertos en el campo de la prevención del uso de sustancias. También se debatió sobre la política de drogas, los daños al abuso de drogas y las respuestas políticas.

La reunión de capacitación creó una oportunidad para que la sociedad civil y las ongs y las personas tuvieran la capacidad de abogar por ideas y políticas que fueran significativas y de interés especialmente del Globo.

La capacitación de una semana de duración brindó oportunidades para asistir a eventos paralelos diarios, conferencias diarias o discusiones utilizando expertos mundiales en política de uso indebido de sustancias durante casi 2 horas todos los días. También asistimos a las reuniones de VNGOC. Nos gustaría alentar a otras ONG que trabajan en el campo de los trastornos del consumo de sustancias a que se registren y se conviertan en miembros del Comité.



RE: Alcohol and COVID-19; Two pandemics colliding 

 In Uganda we have seen a spike and unprecedented levels of drinking leading to increase in domestic violence and addiction levels. Some men are spending more time drinking and hence diverting money meant for food to buying alcohol.
Facts about alcohol in relation to COVID 19
a) Consuming high-strength alcohol does not kill the COVID-19 virus. If adulterated with methanol, can result in severe health consequences, including death.
b) Alcohol is not a food stuff
c) Alcohol is not an essential commodity
Alcohol use is related to COVID 19 in the following ways;
1. There are high chances that some bars and pubs may be operating illegally as they currently yearn for customers to buy alcohol despite the fact that they have been prohibited by government not to operate. This is recipe for the spread of the COVID 19 because there is a likelihood of close contact with patrons without observing social distancing.
2. There have been reported cases of domestic violence which is partly attributable to drunk husbands beating their wives during this crisis situation.
3. Drinking alcohol weakens the immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes which makes it difficult for the body to fight infections like COVID 19.
4. Drinking alcohol affects one’s ability to make sensible choices or decisions to protect oneself from COVID 19.
5. Increased alcohol use among the community members as they try to deal with unemployment, stress, and loneliness during the lock down.

There are other ways to deal with stress without drinking alcohol.
Restricting Alcohol Access during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Uganda Government has issued a variety of “stay at home” orders, nearly all of which ban on-premise food or alcohol consumption and the subsequent closure of bars and restaurants to patrons. These unforeseen and new challenges have led to new approaches to alcohol sales in many areas, including alcohol delivery through food service apps.

 We have seen social media platforms that are promoting online adverts from one of the big alcohol industries in Uganda encouraging the population living in Kampala and Wakiso to visit a website and place an order which would be delivered to the respective patron in line with government movement directives. We condemn these acts in the strongest terms possible.

The Alcohol Industry should not reap from the people especially at this time when people should spend wisely the little they have since the economy is slow now. This is a time to promote healthy behavioural changes; people should stay home sober with their families to avoid likely consequences of alcohol use.
The general population should be reminded to observe the following;

a) Parents/guardians should be role models to their children and young people by making sure they do not have access to alcohol. Parents should talk to them about why drinking affects
 behaviours that can expose you more to the virus.
b) People should stay calm without alcohol. Fear and anxiety are common during the
pandemic. Alcohol only makes them worse. Do not drink alcohol to cope with your
c) People should be resilient without alcohol. Drinking alcohol during home isolation increases
the risk of violence and injury.
We therefore appeal to;
1. Government to regulate and impose a complete ban on the distribution, transportation and sale of any liquor and alcohol in any form during this 21-day COVID 19 lock down. Many young people and men are resorting to drinking liquor in homes and urban centers in big groups which compromises social distancing. This is a factor that needs urgent and timely attention.
2. Government should institute another taskforce to support affected communities by providing psychosocial support, and counselling services to cope, adjust and adapt with the current situation.
3. Media programmes need to focus on building and communicating hope, adaptation to the current situation, recovery and successful outcomes post COVID 19 lock down. Less time should be allocated to issues of hopelessness, unemployment, stress and trauma.
4. The COVID 19 prevention messages should be complemented by communicating with the public about the risks of alcohol consumption, and maintaining and strengthening alcohol and drug rehabilitation services.
Rogers Kasirye
Executive Director
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Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

Slide Deck

Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

Acceso a los servicios de tratamiento de drogas en Nigeria: el desafío de la fuerza laboral de las adicciones

Event Date


Presentadores: Drs. Chia Francis y Mashika Esther

Este seminario web iluminará el nivel de consumo de drogas en Nigeria, los esfuerzos realizados hasta ahora para abordar el acceso a los servicios de tratamiento para el abuso de drogas en Nigeria y los detalles de un estudio sobre el acceso al tratamiento.

Jueves 4 de junio de 2020
Tiempo: 11 AM BST / 6 AM EDT

You Are Invited to an Interactive Dialogue: Alcohol and COVID-19: A Dangerous Mix - May 8, 2020: 2:00-3:30pm ET

What are Interactive Dialogues?

Interactive Dialogues are a series of virtual meetings hosted by USAPA in order to foster the spread of ideas and greater connection among those working in the field of alcohol policy. The Interactive Dialogues are intended to create a space where members of community alcohol and other drug coalitions, local and state public health departments, and other ATOD prevention and public health practitioners can gather and discuss timely alcohol policy issues. Sessions will include a panel of 2-3 people with expertise on the given topic. Panelists will provide short introductory comments followed by facilitation and moderation of questions and discussion by members of USAPA. There will be significant opportunity to discuss live and pre-assembled questions from the audience with the goal of taking action on these issues. 

Description of USAPA's first Interactive Dialogue

In early March, 2020, the U.S. was hit with the global pandemic of COID-19, which has affected the lives of millions of Americans. States and local governments have issued a variety of “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders, nearly all of which ban on-premise food or alcohol consumption and the subsequent closure of bars and restaurants to patrons. These unforeseen and new challenges have led to new approaches to alcohol sales in many states, including the sale of to-go cocktails, direct shipping, and alcohol delivery through food service apps. At the corporate level, companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors have pledged to engage in a range of “good will” efforts including helping to financially support employees who are out of work. 


This interactive dialogue will discuss some of the state and national changes in alcohol availability as a result of COVID-19, and serve as a listening session for the other alcohol industry friendly measures occurring at the state and local level. Participants will hear from experts and will have ample time to share their own experiences. The key findings from this discussion will result in resources that can be shared with the broader alcohol policy and prevention field. 

Session Objectives

This first Interactive Dialogue offers an opportunity for prevention practitioners to:


  • Learn about and better understand the harms associated with changes in alcohol availability as a result of an unexpected pandemic, including the increasingly blurred line between on and off premises sales;
  • Share emerging changes to alcohol sales that will not only impact alcohol-related harms in the short-term, but have the potential to set dangerous precedents that will damage the three tier system long-term; and
  • Discuss ways communities can take action to prevent the harms associated with increased access to alcohol.
  • Discuss ways to ensure that temporary policies do not become permanent.
  • Consider possible data collection to make the case about alcohol related harms.

Application of Research Findings to Action

Community coalitions, public health departments, and local prevention organizations can play an important role in ensuring that the public’s health and safety is maintained and harm from alcohol is minimized, especially as the country battles other new and emerging threats. There is important work to be done at the local and state levels to bring a more balanced public health approach during the pandemic. Presenters and participants will discuss possible actions that acknowledge the financial challenges confronting local retailers encouraging the maintenance and establishment of evidence-based alcohol policy. 


  • David Jernigan, Ph.D., Professor – Boston University School of Public Health
  • Cassandra Greisen, Director of Public Policy - National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
  • Steven Schmidt, Sr. VP of Public Policy and Communications – National Alcohol Beverage Control Association




  • Traci Toomey, Ph.D, University of Minnesota; Co-chair USAPA Advisory Board
  • Michael Sparks, MA, SparksInitiatives; Co-chair USAPA Advisory Board

For More Information and to Register, click here.


Or visit the USAPA Website at 

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El concepto de contrato de Smart Club: un método de prevención primaria basado en la evidencia para los niños en el este de Africa

El concepto de contrato de Smart Club: un método de prevención primaria basado en la evidencia para los niños en el este de Africa

por Lubega Andrew (UYDEL)

El Concepto Contrato es un medio o herramientas para que los niños y adolescentes lleven una mejor vida con los Derechos Humanos, mejor asistencia a la escuela y resultados y crezcan sin la carga de alcohol/drogas y otras sustancias.

El método de contrato de SMART se basa localmente e incluye componentes como

  • contratos individuales con niños/adolescentes participantes
  • aprobación por escrito del tutor
  • membresía temporal
  • voluntariamente para ser miembro (o abstenerse) y el derecho a salir
  • derecho a volver (incluso después de cualquier exclusión)
  • consecuencia en incumplimiento del contrato
  • refuerzo positivo, fomentando las buenas opciones (beneficios)

Todos (en el grupo objetivo) son igualmente bienvenidos, independientemente de credo, raza y género.

El objetivo es apoyar a los niños y adolescentes para que tomen el control de sus vidas, ayudarles a tomar decisiones inteligentes mejores e informadas, exigiendo por sus derechos humanos y de género fundamentales.

Al presentar un Concepto Smart Club, empoderamos a los niños para que nunca comiencen a beber/ fumar/ oler disolventes o incluso probar narcóticos, pero. En su lugar, pueden participar en actividades divertidas o educativas, hacer nuevos amigos y tomar conciencia de sus derechos. Empiezan a exigir igualdad de derechos, decisiones democráticas. Algunos cambian de truants, que rara vez van a la escuela, para interesarse en la educación, entienden que depende de ellos cómo serán sus vidas de adultos. Trabajamos para hacerlas cambiar actitudes y mostrar ambiciones contribuyendo así a los objetivos sostenibles 3 y 4.

El concepto fue introducido por Slim Liden de Smart International y el primer Smart Club en Uganda – fue establecido en Makerere COU Primary School por Uganda Youth Development Link seguido por clubes posteriores en el centro Kiteezi para el aprendizaje y la discapacidad por Mi auto-Uganda y un Enlace de Empoderamiento para Niños y Jóvenes en Kanyanya.

El concepto de contrato también está siendo aplicado en Kenya por el Sr. George Ochieng bajo la Fundación de Niños Slum y en Africa Occidental.

Miembros de la Escuela Primaria Smart Club Makerere COU

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

In this webinar, Cary explains how to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, how we can care for ourselves, and what authentic self-care looks like.

Cary has worked in the field of substance use disorders for 18 years. She is passionate about helping professionals in this field to take care of themselves so they can thrive and help those in need. Cary has worked in direct care in non-profit in the U.S., has run Residential, Outpatient, and Criminal Justice treatment programs, and has trained and mentored other substance use professionals. She is now the Deputy Director for the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and supports the development of addiction studies programs around the world. She is a global trainer in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Recorded on 13 March 2020

Cary Hopkins Eyles

NBS Investigates: Smoking Music Away

Many young people who want to be good at music think that doing drugs will get them there easily however this is not the case, talent is God given and if you have it you do not need alcohol/drugs, you just need to work hard and harder and push your music and the people will appreciate you for who you really are.



La Iglesia de Uganda ha instituido un programa que ayudará a los jóvenes a protegerse del alcoholismo y el abuso de drogas. El programa Drug Free Schools fue lanzado por el obispo saliente, el reverendo Stanley Ntagali, en la Escuela Secundaria Mengo el sábado 15 de febrero de 2020. En declaraciones a los estudiantes, maestros y socios que adornaban la función, Ntagali dijo que el abuso de drogas entre los jóvenes en las escuelas estaba en aumento, razón por la cual la Iglesia había decidido actuar en contra del vicio.

El Coordinador del Programa "Drogas – Escuelas Libres" de la Iglesia de Uganda, Ezra Tumuhirwe, dijo que se espera que la iniciativa cubra 500 escuelas secundarias para 2026.

El Director interino de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de la KCCA, el Dr. Daniel Ayen Okello, pidió a los jóvenes que buscaran la guía de sus padres, maestros y líderes religiosos cuando tuvieran problemas, en lugar de recurrir a las drogas. El Dr. Okello dijo a los jóvenes que nadie debería hacerles sentir menos de lo que son y les recordó que fueron creados a imagen de Dios.

El Oficial Regulador Principal de Medicamentos de la Autoridad Nacional de Drogas (NDA), Brian Sekayombya, dijo que la autoridad continuaría trabajando con las escuelas y otras partes interesadas para eliminar el alcoholismo y el abuso de drogas. Otros participantes en este evento fueron; Secretaría de la Iglesia de la Provincia de Uganda, el Reverendo Paul Kakooza y el Dr. Nazarius Tumwesigye de la Universidad Makerere Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud.

La función que fue agraciada por varios dignatarios y el evento comenzó con una marcha solidaria por estudiantes y profesores de Gayaza High School, Mengo Senior School, King's College Buddo, Nsangi S.S, Mwereerwe S.S, Wampeewo Ntakke, Entebbe S.S y Kira S.S.

Los estudiantes también tuvieron la oportunidad de presentar poemas, música y artículos de teatro sobre el alcoholismo y el abuso de drogas durante este evento también.

Students during the march

Foto de grupo de los participantes y del obispo arqueario

Foro Regional de la Federación Mundial contra las Drogas


La Federación Mundial contra las Drogas (WFAD) celebra el primer Foro Regional de este año en la región de Africa Oriental. El Foro tendrá lugar el 6 de febrero de 2019 en Kampala Uganda y será organizado por Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL). El WFAD cuenta con más de 40 organizaciones miembros en la región de Africa Oriental, que realizan un trabajo fantástico dentro de la prevención, el tratamiento y/o la recuperación de la drogadicción, y es por eso que el foro se organizó en el este de Africa. La Federación Mundial contra las Drogas es una comunidad multilateral de organizaciones no gubernamentales e individuos que comparten una preocupación común de que el consumo ilícito de drogas está amenazando la existencia de una infancia estable, familias, comunidades y organizaciones gubernamentales en todo el mundo. La Federación Mundial contra las Drogas organiza foros regionales en todo el mundo cada año. El objetivo de los Foros Regionales es reunir a las organizaciones miembros y otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan en diferentes regiones para compartir las mejores prácticas y fortalecer la capacidad en la creación de redes y la labor de promoción.

El foro abordará la cuestión de las drogas desde una perspectiva amplia, incluida la situación de las drogas en el este de Africa, y las experiencias asiáticas de reducción de la demanda de drogas. El programa también destacará la convención sobre los derechos del niño, el género y el abuso de drogas entre las mujeres jóvenes, la promoción de la prevención, el tratamiento y la recuperación a través de un lugar de trabajo libre de drogas, la participación con los responsables políticos y la Unión Africana, y las mejores prácticas en el tratamiento y la rehabilitación. Con el objetivo de profundizar la cooperación entre la sociedad civil de la región y dentro de ella, intercambiar mejores prácticas y mejorar la capacidad de relacionarse con los responsables políticos a nivel regional y mundial.

Agenda for the WFAD Regional Forum



La reunión de Zoom fue organizada por Jeff Lee, quien invitó a los Capítulos Nacionales Africanos a ser parte de la reunión. La reunión se celebró el 14 de enero de 2020 2020 2pm – 3pm (EAT). El Capítulo Nacional de Uganda estuvo representado por Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL), es decir, el Sr. Rogers Mutaawe, el Sr. Andrew Lubega y la Sra. Barbara Nakijoba.

Entre las cuestiones debatidas figuran;

  1. Revisión de las actas de la última reunión y del proceso futuro
  2. Actualizaciones sobre la actividad regional africana de NC (proporcione una breve información sobre su actividad o cualquier problema, preguntas que pueda tener sobre su operación como Capítulo Nacional)
  3. Informes de actividad y planes de trabajo 2020
  4. El Comité de ONG de Viena
  5. Actualización del evento regional
  6. Membresía y sitio web
  7. Fecha de la próxima reunión

Puntos de acción:

  • Jeff animó a NC a mantener la actualización de los informes con fines de monitoreo e informes
  • Programar una reunión para los Capítulos Nacionales del ISSUP con el apoyo de la Unión Africana
  • En el futuro, el francés se añadirá a los idiomas ISSUP
  • Webinar el 20 de febrero de 2020. Las partes interesadas deben registrarse en el sitio web global de ISSUP
  • Otra reunión de Zoom que se programará para principios de marzo

Uganda National Chapter Representatives for the Zoom Meeting

    Reunión preparatoria para el Comité Provisional del Capítulo de ISSUP Uganda

    El 29 de noviembre de 2019 se celebró una reunión preparatoria en la oficina de la UYDEL y se debatió sobre la contratación de miembros, la actualización del sitio web de la ISSUP de Uganda, el plan de trabajo para 2020, la puesta en marcha del capítulo ISSUP en abril de 2020 y los planes futuros. La reunión también acordó celebrar una reunión inicial con los miembros identificados el 12 de diciembre de 2019 para obtener más aportaciones de los Miembros sobre la mejor manera de ejecutar el Capítulo ISSUP.

    ISSUP Uganda
    ISSUP interim committee having a preparatory meeting on November 29, 2019. From L-R: Mr. Kasirye Rogers, Mr. Mutaawe Rogers, Dr. David Basangwa, Ms. Barbara Nakijoba and Mr. Lubega Andrew

    Compilado por Andrew Lubega

    Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use (UPC) Training: School-Based Track for Prevention Implementers in Uganda (Trainers of Trainers), 12th-21st September 2019


    Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) Uganda Chapter with Dr. David Basangwa, E.D Butabika Hospital

    Psychoactive substance use and substance use disorders (SUDs) continue to be major problems around the world, taking a toll on global health and on social and economic functioning. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that, in 2015, about 250 million people between ages 15 and 64 used illicit substances at least once. Of those who use psychoactive substances, a significant number will develop substance use problems or SUDs. The 2015 UNODC survey found that about 29.5 million substance users suffer from SUDs, which means their use is harmful to the point they may experience dependence and require treatment. SUDs contribute significantly to global illness, disability, and death. So, the prevention of substance use and other social problems is a goal that can significantly improve the health and well-being of people around the world. In addition, the World Bank has pointed out that several low-cost interventions can have large-scale effects not only on population health but also on productivity. Thus, prevention can make a difference to the economic welfare of countries especially those in the developing world.

    Many approaches, which have been popular e.g., “scare tactics” campaigns, information-only educational approaches, and former users’ testimonials have been found to be ineffective in rigorous research. But research has also found that there are effective interventions and strategies that recognize when, how, and with whom to intervene to make progress in addressing substance use.

    Prevention does more than just prevent substance use. Its aim is to promote the healthy and safe development of children and youth to realize their potential and become contributing members of their community and society. The Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use series, is designed to train prevention professionals, working in a range of settings to reach all populations, on research-based strategies developed to strengthen families, schools, community organizations, and other institutions.

    The Implementers series includes the CORE course and 7 specialty tracks. This introduction to the Universal Prevention Curriculum series for Implementers is designed to give participants a grounding in the knowledge and skills needed to undertake evidence-based prevention programming at the community level. The CORE is an introduction to the basic processes that underlie addiction and the brain, the basic pharmacology of the psychoactive substances, and the preventive mechanisms that have been found to be effective in more than 30 years of prevention science. Participants in the Implementer series are required to take this course first so they are ready to focus on the subsequent specialty tracks that address the primary settings where prevention practice takes place in communities. These include the family, school, workplace, and community-wide efforts involving environment-based policy, media, community systems, and monitoring and evaluation.

    The Colombo Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) organized a training for Prevention Implementers in the CORE Course in May of 2019. DAP then followed up with another training on the Specialty Track 3 of School-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies in September, 2019. Track 3: School-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies is part of the eight-track Interventions.

    This training was delivered over 10 days and participants were taken through the following courses:

    Course 1 – Role of Schools in Prevention

    Course 2 – Building Teams for Comprehensive School Prevention

    Course 3 – Creating Substance Use Prevention Policies in Schools (Practicum 1)

    Course 4 – Creating a School Prevention Climate

    Course 5 – Selecting Evidence-based School Prevention Curricula

    Course 6 – Action Planning to Create a Comprehensive Substance Use

    Prevention Initiative (Practicum 2)

    Course 7 – Positive Classroom Climate (Practicum 3)

    Course 8 – Interactive Teaching Skills

    Training goals included:

    • Presenting overview of the science underlying school-based prevention interventions and policies and demonstrate the importance of schools for implementing prevention
    • Presenting the three components of school-based prevention: School policy; positive school climate; and substance use prevention curricula for the classroom
    • Describe evidence-based approaches to strengthen school policies, improve school climate, and intervene directly with classroom prevention interventions
    • Provide effective planning approaches for administrators and teachers on how to implement evidence-based prevention in the school;
    • Provide specific skills for teachers primarily on classroom-focused


    • The school plays an important role in preparing children and youth to become fully contributing members of their families, workplaces, communities, and their society asstudents spend most of their time at school than in homes.  Early use of psychoactive substances increases a young person’s chances of more serious substance abuse and addiction.
    • The school environment influences how children and youth perceive the acceptability and benefits of, as well as the harms associated with substance use.
    • The Drug Free and Addiction Prevention School Club was launched at Namirembe Diocese School and education institutions in November. The club shall help to shape attitudes towards responsible behavior in particular towards substance use, teach appropriate pro-social roles and behaviors and reinforce the positive behaviors that children learn at home and in the community and also ensure   demand reduction among students.


    Compiled by: Barbara Nakijoba