World Drug Day 2019
26 June is World Drug Day, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Many thanks to His Excellency Christian Fellner, Austrian Ambassador to Kenya for meeting the team from ISSUP Kenya at the Austrian Embassy Nairobi. It was an honour sharing on Drug Demand Reduction (Kenya and Austria experience), this in preparation for ISSUP V conference in Vienna. Present: ISSUP Kenya President Evans Oloo, Executive members Dr. Richard Gakunju & Ms. Susan Ruturi
In November 2017 ISSUP Kenya and the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) hosted an exploratory planning team for the 4th ISSUP Workshop scheduled for Nairobi in December 2018. The visiting team was comprised of Mr. Alan Piracha from INL of the US State Department, Ms. Joanna Travis-Roberts, Executive Director of ISSUP Global and Ms. Jane-Marie Ongolo from the African Union.
ISSUP Kenya held its Annual General Meeting on 14th July 2018. The meeting brought together the membership and Executive Committee to review the past years activities and report on the plans for the next six months. The forum also inducted 17 new members and issued them with membership certificates. Officiating the meeting was the President Mr. Oloo. Other members present were Dr. Richard Gakunju who updated members on ISSUP Global activities, Dr Beatrice Kathungu and Dr.
ISSUP Kenya was officially launched during the opening ceremony of the NACADA, ISSUP and African Union Drug Demand Reduction Conference and Workshop in Nairobi on December 10, 2018.
Ministry of Justice, Brasília, 09/10/18
President Michel Temer, followed by the Minister of Justice, Torquato Jardim, announced on Tuesday (October 9th) the expansion, in more than 50% of the number of vacancies paid by the Federal Government in therapeutic communities to receive people who need to move away from the environment in which the drug dependency was initiated and developed.
São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, hosted another ISSUP Workshop. The training took place from August 13 to 17, 2018 at the headquarters of Anhanguera University, one of the faculties of the Kroton Group of Education.
Professionals from all over Brazil met in Campos do Jordão, from September 17 to 21, 2018, for the second stage of the training of multipliers of the Universal Prevention Curriculum. There were 70 professionals linked to universities, public services in the areas of health, education, justice, security, social, as well as professionals and others related to the third sector, which were divided into 3 courses: SCHOOL-BASED PREVENTION, FAMILY-BASED PREVENTION and PREVENTION BASED ON THE MEDIA.
Consolidated as one of the largest drug addiction events in the world, the 5th Freemind International Congress gathered around 1,500 people between September 19-22, 2018. Important experts from Brazil and the world in drug prevention, treatment and recovery, participated in lectures and panels of enriching content, were 10 international and 70 national speakers.
ISSUP Brazil was formally launched at the 5th Freemind International Congress that took place in São Paulo, Brazil from September 19 to 22, 2018. Around 1500 national and international experts in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery participated in lectures and panel discussions.
The formal launch of ISSUP Chile will took place at the Chilean Congress of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery 2018.
For further information, please visit the website of the Congress: https://www.sonepsyn.cl/web/congreso2018/
ISSUP South Africa was launched on September 5th, 2018 to encourage the collaboration of research and updates on best practice within the field of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery within South Africa. As well as creating a central point for professionals to share information, the development of a National Chapter promotes communication opportunities with other National Chapters and their members throughout the world.
The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) is a global, not for profit, non-government organisation to support the development of a professional prevention and treatment network. It serves as a focal point for information about substance use prevention and treatment.
The formal launch of ISSUP Nigeria Chapter is scheduled for 17th of October, 2019 at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
The establishment of ISSUP Nigeria was progressed through relationships with ISSUP Global and attendance at their Global Conferences:
The launching event of ISSUP Mexico will be held on October 30th during the closing ceremony of the 50th anniversary of CIJ.