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APFAD-WFAD @ Singapore was hosted by NCADA and WFAD during 7-8 November 2019.
The theme of the Forum was "Prevention through Partnerships and Community Action - for a World Without Drugs.

APFAD was established by NCADA to rally NGOs in the Asia Pacific region to support the drug-free cause. APFAD has been organised twice, in 2015 and 2017 with the intent to become the region's
equivalent of the World Forum Against Drugs, hosted and organised by the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). "This is the inaugural joint conference with WFAD for the Asia Pacific, co-branded as Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs (APFAD-WFAD @ Singapore 2019). It is a platform for Asia Pacific NGOs and government agencies to network, share knowledge and exchange best practices on prevention and rehabilitation; and to re-affirm support for and encourage greater adoption of the APFAD declaration, as well as the green and white anti-drug ribbon as the international anti-drug symbol."

Read the full press release, learn more about the speakers and access presentations here.

World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD), {Nigeria Chapter} & Civil Society Network on Substance & Drug Abuse (CSNetSDA)
2019 Drug Abuse Control Advocacy Workshop and Policy Review Meeting.
PADDI House, Irete - Owerri
20th - 21st November 2019
 

Prompted by the need to proffer practicable and effective solutions to the increasingly dire drug abuse situation in Nigeria; and the need to ensure that civil society inputs is not relegated as the Federal Government prepares to issue policy pronouncements based on the recommendations by the Buba Marwa-led Presidential Advisory Committee on Drug Abuse (PACEDA), members of the World Federation Against Drugs {Nigeria Chapter} in collaboration with the Civil Society Network on Substance and Drug Abuse {CSNetSDA} organized a 2-day Drug Abuse Advocacy Workshop and Policy Review Meeting.

The Meeting featured Civil Society Organizations from across the Nigerian Federation and representation by key Federal agencies saddled with issues of Drug abuse – these are the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). The group is now striving towards attaining the agenda set at the meeting.
 
Read the full report here.  

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The 5th National Youth Summit on Drugs and Substance Prevention organized by African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention (AYICP), 30th-31st October, 2019 at the former SGF Conference Hall, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, was a huge success considering the number of participants and resource persons that graced the event. The summit titled Youth, Drugs and the Achievement of SDG 3, 4 and 16' was very much attended by youths from across Nigeria and from different national groups. The summit was equally graced by government officials like the Secretary to the Government of the Federation fully represented, Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Chairman Senate Committee on Drugs and other resource persons and academias.

The two days event was hosted discussion on various drug issues and training of young people on drug abuse prevention approaches.

African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, US Embassy, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, European Union, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Healthy Thinking International, Sweden, Community Intervention Network on Drugs, Civil Society Network on Drugs, International Society for Substance Use Professionals, Community Agenda for Peace and International Centre for Leadership Development in Nigeria for their support and partnership.

See more photos on WFADs Flickr page
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An initiative by member organisation Kalegium and WFAD, the project "Youth People Against Drugs - the Pinsk Model" is funded by Forum Syd and implemented in Belarus. 
The project focuses on improving the system of gender specific primary prevention of addiction and non-medical drug consumption.

In collaboration with Women's Committee on Alcohol and Drugs (WOCAD) and WFAD, Kalegium hosted a seminar for specialists titled "Gender Aspects of Different forms of Risk Behaviour Prevention", involving a drama pedagogue in coordination with Brest Regional Educational Development Institute. 

Britt Fredenman from WOCAD travelled to Belarus to carry out two capacity building workshops in Gender specific prevention. Over two days, 60 people attended the workshops, which also involved a visit to the University of Pinsk. Britt spoke about WOCAD and their BellaNet International, which works with an interactive method as a tool for effective prevention. The workshops were very successful and received great feedback. 

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The conference gathered national and international delegates from the South African region to discuss substance abuse and family related interventions. Academics, Civil society representative, Authorities and many more gathered for three days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

The Statement makes clear that a Child centric approach is needed in all areas: including Prevention, treatment and recovery, and focuses on the Convention on The Rights of the Child. A convention that makes clear that protecting children from illicit drugs is not an option, it is an obligation. 

Read WFAD's statement at the South African National Conference on Substance Abuse and Family Related Interventions, hosted by the Department of Social Development, South Africa: On the topic of The Prevention and Treatment of Drugs in and Amongst Families.


The Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs was a success!
The regional Forums against Drugs are hosted in strategic location throughout the world. This year, Cochin, India was selected to host the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs. The conference was a joint cooperation between World Federation Against Drugs and the Fourth Wave Foundation, Project VENDA. 

We thank all participants and speakers for participating in the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs 2019 and making it a success. The main objective of the forum was to bring together civil society members, key decision makers and practitioners across Asia to empower and enable advocacy and networking in the region. The 3 days of the forum saw key stakeholders from across sectors coming together to share, understand and plan on how to work together.
The forum engaged over around 500 and more participants from across the world through participation and live streaming online.

The program agenda, key themes and topics discussed during the forum was designed to address issues and solutions at regional and country levels. The general feedback suggest that the forum helped in understanding the perspectives on prevention, care & recovery and various best practices. The forum also examined challenges like stigma associated with recovery, legalisation debates and gender perspectives in dealing with the world drug problem.

The response by the local print and online media was very encouraging. Many of the speakers were interviewed and the media coverage during the conference had opinion articles and best practices stories published. The local press rendered due attention to the conference agenda all three days making the conference message reach target audience of youth and local communities by spreading the message of prevention approach in solving the issue of Narcotics and drugs in our communities and among youth.

Read the Conference report

See the presentations here.
For more information and videos follow this link.
For photos visit WFADs Flickr page and Project Vendas Flickr page.
The webcast will be available in a months time on the Youtube Channel of Fourth Wave Foundation.
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Welcome to the Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs!

Asian Regional Forum Against Drugs (ARFAD), an international forum against drug abuse, will meet in Kochi from September 25 to 27.

The three-day event will be jointly organised by the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) and Fourth Wave Foundation. Around 120 delegates from across the globe will participate in the event that will bring together people and communities working against substance abuse.



The Health sector of WFAD member Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) observes the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2019 with due importance.

On 26 June 2019 was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Multiple campaigns, rallies, poster designing and many other programs were conducted in the observance of the day. A large number of people from all over the world celebrate this day by organizing and conducting several events. The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh observes the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with due sincerity. Civil Society Organizations (CSO) also take part in the government events, and they organize several events on their own to reflect the necessity of the day. Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) is one of the pioneer CSOs in Bangladesh which have been very vocal in the fight against drug use and other societal problems related to it. The Health Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) runs treatment facilities, along with conducting preventive activities against drug use. It observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking through organizing week long events. The theme of this year’s day was “Health for Justice, Justice for Health”.

Read the report of campaign program 2019.
WFAD Member Community Outreach Burundi (COB) has been charted in May - 12th- 2016 by the Ministry of Home Affairs under No 530/975 as nonprofit organisation. COB is recognized in Burundi through its  diverse interventions in Drug Free Education and Mental Health program.

"During 28th to 29 June 2019, COB in collaboration with Two Main schools of Bujumbura North quarters: Lycée Municipal de Kamenge and Lycée Municipal de Kinama, joined hands with all the world in the celebration of International day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Among special Guests, COB mentioned: "The international Burundian Musician NATHASHA a.k La NOMA, the famous DJ AMIRI Pro, Famous Star Lary Joe, comedians and others.
 
Ceremonies had been launched at 28th June 2019- Municipal Lycée of Kamenge were 4 boxes of  Truth about Drugs booklets had been distributed in a public of 3980 people. Students exhibited Drug Free sketches and the famous Musician Lary Joe supported them by sweet songs and dance.
 
COB has continued the series of events next day 29th -June-2019 at Lycée Kinama where around 5,430 youth were presented. The International Burundian Woman Musician Star NATASHA and the Bujumbura famous Journalist of Buja-FM "DJ AMIRI Pro" were special guests. Students' traditional dances, music and folklore related to youth's Drug free education were on the focus. After all, 5 boxes of truth about drug booklets had been distributed.
 
That series of even COB was represented by 20 volunteers and 4 Staff including the Director of Projects (Mr Prosper Havyarimana); The Logistic Officer (Mr Joshua Mahoro); The Accountant (Mme Carina Akimana) and the Volunteers Supervisor (Mr Etienne Ndayisenga). Apart the slogan of this year, COB stand on his slogan *Drug Free burundian youth is the hope of the Nation".
 
At 5th - July - 2019, The celebration of international Day against Drug in Burundi continued at Muramvya Province, commune Bugarama. This big event had been honored by the first Vice-President, the Excellent Gaston SINDIMWO, Officers of intern security and Health Ministry. The main speech of the day was articulated on the call of all Burundian people to promote drug free education within their families, community and schools."

See photos from the events here
On the 26th of June 2019, UYDEL Makindye joined the world to celebrate the World Drug Day under the theme of “health for justice, justice for health” through the UNODC Line Up Live Up sports program. A total number of 105 young people took part on this day with 77 females and 28 males: "We used these sessions to sensitize vulnerable adolescents from the slums about the different life skills that can be used in resisting peer and social pressures to engage in unhealthy behaviors, coping with depression and anxiety, seeking help and effective communication with their peers. On this specific day we learnt about seeking help and this was through group interactive game challenges like free zone and tag of war followed by a de-brief on what was learnt in relation to dealing with life stressors. We also encouraged young people to form support groups to encourage each other and their peers who are still in the community". Read the full report here

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