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Deputy Assistant Secretary Massinga Was Excited to Meet with Young Pakistani Leaders at Roundtable with our Alumni

Deputy Assistant Secretary Massinga U.S. Department of State was excited to meet with young #Pakistani leaders at a roundtable with our alumni. At the roundtable, DAS learned about positive developments in their individual efforts to advance shared interests in economic growth, human rights, and capacity building in various sectors. #DidYouKnow Pakistan has the largest alumni network in the world reaching over 29000? #HamarayHeroes #AlumniNetworkPak #DASinKarachi #USPAK

Rally against Substance Use by Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan

Mian Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH) Gujranwala Pakistan in collaboration with Excise and Narcotics Control, Government of the Punjab Pakistan has arranged a rally against drug abuse in connection with international day against drug abuse . Sana Ullah Rathore, Chairman MATH/Director ISSUP Pakistan Chapter, Mr. Ashiq Hussain Shah, Director Excise, Taxation and Narcotics control Gujranwala Division, Mr Muhammad Javed leading the Walk/rally. Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore said while addressing the rally that the purpose of the

ISSUP Kenya meet Austrian Ambassador

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  

Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director ISSUP Pakistan/UTC Trainer Participated in 2nd Coordination Meeting of UNODC Pakistan

Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director ISSUP Pakistan/UTC Trainer participated in the 2nd coordination meeting of UNODC. Mr. Amjad Javed Saleemi, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control, Officer Incharge UNODC Syed Arslan, Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, Adviser HIV and DDR UNODC, National UTC trainers participated in the meeting. During the meeting different recommendations for future plans were discussed. Selection criteria of Training of Trainers were also addressed in the meeting.

Seminar On Substance Use Organized by Mian Afzal Trust Hospital (MATH) Gujranwala Pakistan

A seminar on substance use was organized by Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala Pakistan in connection with the international day against drug abuse. The seminar was presided over by Mr. Sana Ullah Rathore, Director ISSUP Pakistan Chapter and Chairman Mian Afzal Trust Hospital, Gujranwala. Mr. Bashir Ahmad Naz, President ISSUP Pakistan Chapter and Mr. Saqib Bhatti, AETO, Excise and Narcotics Control Department Gujranwala graced the occasion as chief guests. The ceremony started with recitation of

Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Pakistan

From 17 - 21 June 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-5 which covers school-based interventions. The training of trainers (ToT) of UPC in Pakistan consists of 3 selected courses from the UPC coordinator series that includes an introduction, school, and media. The participants work for national educational institutes, NGOs, media agencies, federal or provincial governments related to drug use prevention in Pakistan. This project

Planning meeting for 4th ISSUP Workshop 

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.

Annual General Meeting, July 2018

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.

Federal Government extends vacancies to host and care for people with substance use disorders

Number can exceed 28 thousand places per year

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.

ISSUP Brazil finalizes the training of 70 multipliers of the Universal Prevention Curriculum

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.

5th Freemind International Congress brings together 1,500 people in Campos do Jordão

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 Launch

ISSUP Brazil

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.

ISSUP South Africa Launch

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.

Formation of ISSUP India

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.

ISSUP Nigeria Lauch Event

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:

Members attended:

  • Campinas, Brazil 2016 – 1
  • Cancun, Mexico 2017 – 1
  • Nairobi, Kenya 2018 – 32

ISSUP at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Annual Meeting

The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) was held from May 28th – 31st in San Francisco. This year’s conference focus ‘Prevention Science in a Big Data World’ offered the opportunity to consider ways in which the prevention science community can leverage complex data and innovative technologies to open new avenues in prevention research.

National Symposium on “Experiences, Challenges and Strategies in Strengthening the Capacity of the Drug Treatment Workforce” and Training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) in Jakarta, Indonesia

The UNODC Programme Office for Indonesia in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Directorate for People Who Use Drugs organized a National Symposium and Training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) for Drug Dependence Treatment and Care Professionals in Jakarta, from 24 to 28 June 2019. One goal of the event was to provide a platform for a national discussion and sharing of information and best practices between the Ministry of Social Affairs, Directorate

Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in Pakistan

From 17 - 21 June 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-5 which covers school-based interventions. The training of trainers (ToT) of UPC in Pakistan consists of 3 selected courses from the UPC coordinator series that includes an introduction, school, and media. The participants work for national educational institutes, NGOs, media agencies, federal or provincial governments related to drug use prevention in Pakistan. This project

World Refugee Week

Last week was World Refugee Week and World Refugee Day was on June 20. UNODC showed solidarity on social media to mark that day. UNODC has piloted family skills programmes in line with the International Standard on Drug Use Prevention to address the needs of refugee families. Children in challenged settings are at increased risk of mental health difficulties and engagement in risky behaviours including drug/substance use, violence and crime. The UNODC Strong Families programme

GISA Trains School Principals on UPC in Nigeria

Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA) has commenced the training of secondary schools principals in Lagos state, Nigeria on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) for Substance Use Disorders. Leading on from the first batch of a 6 days training, which was held between 6th and 11th of May, 2019, the Lagos state government was tasked on the need to appoint a teacher or an administrative staff as a drug control officer in every primary and

UNODC Training for LAO PDR Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than 27 Laotian policymakers from the Narcotic Control and Supervision Bureau, Vientiane Narcotic Control and Supervision Bureau, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Security, Civil Society Organisations, treatment centres and other entities, participated in a three-day workshop on creating humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services. This training was held from 17 – 19 June 2019 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and was co-chaired by Lao National Commission

World Drug Day 2019

26 June is World Drug Day , the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The theme of this year highlights that justice and health need to work hand in hand when it comes to addressing drug problems. Effective responses to the world drug problem require inclusive and accountable institutions of criminal justice, health and social services to work together to provide integrated strategies, in line with the international drug control conventions, human rights