Challenges in Implementing an Effective Prevention Program

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
ISSUP Malaysia Webinar

ISSUP Malaysia would like to invite you to their upcoming Webinar this April on Challenges in Implementing an Effective Prevention Program

8:00 PM Malaysian Time | 1:00 PM UK

Register for the Webinar 

With the upward trend in drug use globally, the need for effective prevention programs has become paramount. Prevention is proven and cost effective and evidence-based prevention can effectively reduce rates of drug use and drug use disorders. This webinar delves into the intricate journey of implementing prevention strategies and the challenges encountered along the way. Participants will gain valuable insights into the nuances of designing and implementing prevention programs that truly makes a difference.

Intended audience:    

  • Professionals in public health, mental health practitioners, community leaders, policy makers and advocates for preventive measures as well as anyone interested in understanding the intricacies of implementing effective prevention programs.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape of prevention programs globally and the areas where they are most needed

  2. Participants will learn essential components and best practices for designing and developing effective prevention programs

  3. Participants will explore creative solutions for optimizing resources within the constraints of budget limitations, enabling them to implement cost effective prevention strategies

  4. Participants will acquire insights into strategies for building support from diverse stakeholders, including community members fostering collaboration for successful program collaboration.


Prof. Sobia Aftab (Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Prof. Sobia Aftab is a Professor at the Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi. She is a practicing clinical psychologist, and a UPC Trainer with UNODC in Pakistan. She is an Assistant Book Reviewer and Editor in the university’s journals. She serves on the Editorial and Advisory Board in a number of national and international journals. She is also a certified hypnotherapist.

Dr. Maria Corazon Dumlao (Bureau of Learner Support, Department of Education, Philippines)

Dr. Dumlao is a medical doctor by profession and has been in the public health sector for 26 years
Dr. Dumlao is the Chief Health Program Officer of the School Health Division under the Division of Learner Support Services with the Department of Education, Philippines. Aside from her current position, she is also a Global DDR Trainer in UPC and she has trained in several countries including Malaysia, UAE, Fiji, Thailand, Myanmar and South Africa

Ms. Susan Maua (Public Education and Advocacy (NACADA)

Ms Maua holds a degree in Psychology and a masters in Counselling Psychology. She serves as Manager at the Public Education and Advocacy Unit of NACADA, where she is in charge of DDR initiatives with a focus on prevention. Ms Maua is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Alcohol and Drug Use Training and Programming for schools, work places, family, media and community. Her recent milestone include the Development of National Guidelines for Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention (2021), National Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Alcohol and Substance Use in Basic Education Institutions (2021), Code of Practice for Prevention Professionals in Kenya (2023) and the National Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention System (2023). Ms. Maua successfully initiated the first ever National Substance Use Prevention Week in Feb this year.


Ms. Cindy Biding, President, ISSUP Malaysia

Founding President (Organization for Addiction Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation - OAPTAR)
Initiated the Asian Recovery Network (ARN).
Registered Counsellor and DDR Trainer (treatment)
She has trained in 18 countries over the last 10 years. She Initiated the Asian Recovery Network (ARN)


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