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Seed Funding and Mentoring Approved by United Nation Development Program (UNDP) - Project Entitled "Engaging Youth Toward Prevention" - 2019

Greetings from Pakistan It is my pleasure to inform you that my proposed Project Entitled "Engaging Youth Toward Prevention (EYTP)" has been selected in Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 being run by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Government of Sindh in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by Viamo a Global social Enterprise. The Youth Innovation Challenge 2019 aims to promote youth engagement and ownership in ensuring peace and promoting

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day originated in Canada with the first FASD Day taking place on 9th September 1999. Since then the campaign has gathered global recognition with many countries now taking part in activities to raise awareness of FASD and the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong condition that results from a baby being exposed to alcohol in the womb before they are born. This exposure to

Calling for Volunteers for SPR Committees!

The Society for Prevention Research offers various opportunities for our members to help advance the mission and the strategic plan of the Society by getting involved in our committees. SPR is now in the process of convening our committees for the 2019-2020 term. The majority of committee work is handled through monthly conference calls. Committee members then volunteer to work on specific projects to advance the goals and objectives of each committee. The chair of

Thailand Cigarette Packaging

One of the ways tobacco companies encourage people to purchase their products is through creating positive associations of brands. These include bright designs and symbols that quickly become familiar to potential customers. In a bid to reduce the power of marketing and overall consumption of tobacco, countries around the world have been introducing plain tobacco packaging. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) commends Thailand being the first country in the ASEAN Region and Asia

Report of 2018 NIDA International Forum, San Diego, USA

INTRODUCTION This report was written by Ikenna Daniel Molobe, Co-founder/Director of Unified Initiative for a Drug Free Nigeria; who presented a poster of his research, with support from the UNODC, at the 2018 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum held in San Diego, California, USA. The researcher’s abstract titled “Drug Abuse and Unsafe Abortion among Teenage Girls in Nigeria” was accepted for poster presentation at the conference. The conference tagged “Building International Collaborative

The Addiction Worker Training Project

Scottish Drug Forum’s award-winning training and employment project for people who have a history of drug or alcohol problems is looking for participants in Dumfries and Galloway. The Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), run by Scottish Drugs Forum, supports, trains and prepares people with a history of drug or alcohol problems to work in the social care field. If successful with their application, AWTP trainees will be supported over nine months to achieve a recognised

National Trainers Trained on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) 12 and 15 in Turkmenistan

From 15-21 July 2019 team of national trainers from Turkmenistan attended the National Training of Trainers held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. There were 12 representatives of drug dependence treatment service of the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan and non-profit organizations (ICAP 1 holders) trained on the two following courses of Advanced Level UTC: Course 12: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Course 15: Managing Co-Occurring Disorders Trainer-led presentations, small-group and reflective exercises, role-plays and case study discussions helped participants to

Central Asian Master Trainers Trained on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Courses 14 and 17

From 23-31 July 2019, a team of master trainers from Central Asia attended the Regional Training of Trainers for Central Asia held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The training was organized by Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) within the framework of UNODC joint capacity building activity with Colombo Plan. There were 14 regional master trainers from five Central Asia countries trained on the two following Advanced UTC courses: Course 14: Working with Families with

Participate in Online Survey: Experiences and Needs of Families of Former Members of the UK Armed Forces with Substance Use Problems

The University of York and Adfam would like to invite you to take part in the above-named research project. The project has research ethics approval from the University of York. It is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). The project aims to find out about the experiences and needs of adult family members of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems. The findings from the project will be used

Addiction News

The Addiction Journal has put together a news section highlighting noteworthy updates in the field of substance use prevention treatment and recovery from countries around the world. Have a browse through the past 6 months of headlines from around the world. Addiction News and Notes September 2019 Addiction News and Notes August 2019 Addiction News and Notes July 2019 Addiction News and Notes June 2019 Addiction News and Notes May 2019 Addiction News and Notes

Which prevention strategies are actually evidence-based and which are not?

Have you ever wondered what really works in prevention? Have you heard about the Prevention Standards, but have been too busy to look for them or to read them? This new series in the ‘Prevention Science and Practice’ network is for you! As of next week, UNODC will be facilitating a new series on the ‘Prevention’ network. Every week, we will take a look at one strategy that has been found to be effective in

Participants Required: Online Consultation on Stigmatizing Attitudes

In response to Resolution 61/11 ‘Promoting non-stigmatizing attitudes to ensure the availability of, access to and delivery of health, care and social services for drug users’ adopted during the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) is asking experts and partners to participate in an online consultation to identify international experiences and best practice on: Increasing awareness of the

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

From 15 - 19 July 2019, UNODC trained a total of 16 trainers in Pakistan on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Course-8 which covers Media-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.All three courses

Planet Youth in Chile

The Chilian government has announced the development of the 'Choose to Live Without Drugs' system in Chile. Here, the director of Public Space and psychiatrist Mariano Montenegro describes the Icelandic model that inspired "Choose to live without drugs". He justifies why this initiative would work in Chile and describes the adaptions and measures that would be put in place to allow the model to be successfully implemented throughout the country.

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

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

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