The Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) created in 2004 is a branch of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and is working with more than hundred Say No To Drugs (SNTD) organizations through 22 European countries.
The common objective of the SNTD associations is a preventive information of youngsters and adults on the drugs dangers. The purpose is to empower them with the facts to make an informed choice to never start drugs in the first place. After Czech Republic and France, FDFE is here after presenting the drug prevention activities in two other European countries:
In Belgium, the headquarter of the Say No to Drugs (SNTD) association is located in Brussels, well known as the core of Europe. The SNTD team is covering the whole country doing weekly distributions of The Truth About Drugs in streets and/or to any kind of shops and getting the owners to give them to their clients.
They are also using the Summer Festivals with booths to enlighten the attendees as well as going to beaches to inform the population and the youth on the drugs dangers and how they affect the user.
In addition, many requests are coming from teachers or instructors, to receive the Education Package. It contains a full semester drug education curriculum for use in schools and the community to deliver lessons based on drug information and prevention.
This way, the past year they distributed more than 72 000 booklets The Truth About Drugs informing on the short and long term effects of the 11 drugs the most abused, plus 12 000 fliers referring to the website www.ditesnonaladrogue.be, where the people can download booklets, DVDs and find testimonies. Altogether 63 events were held including the Festivals and different Conferences.
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In Portugal , the Say No To Drugs (SNTD) association is located in Lisbon and operates from there through the country.
Beside the streets distribution of the basic booklet The Truth About Drugs to citizens and shopkeepers, the SNTD team is active at school levels doing lectures to children, using the multimedia educational materials provided by the Foundation for a drug-Free World.
Last year they did 13 lectures in different schools of the city including a special lecture to police officers, thus reaching 715 people.
Meanwhile, 5300 booklets were handed to public empowering young people and adults to make their own decisions to live drug-free. The cornerstone of the action is a series of 13 fact-filled booklets that, without scare tactics, inform about drugs effects.
In addition, in the city of Madeira, the Regional Secretariat for Education and Human Resources aware of the importance of drug prevention to dispel myths on drugs harmlessness inserted in their website the SNTD Portugal anti-drug campaign.
As the global campaign for education hits the world in a bid to see “a world at school” by 2015, the Associate Coordinator for Africa Program of Global Fund for Children Miss Pamela Pratt is in Sierra Leone to interface with organisations like FDID to see how they can collaborate to assist vulnerable street involved children and youths... Click here to read the full report (PDF).
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Written by Nusroto Al-Anashid
Saturday, 03 May 2014 11:07
Nusroto Al – Anachid Association is mostly known for its annual activities concerning the human services and the fight against drug addiction in all the Lebanese prisons and especially in his center “cenacle of the Son of Man” (Drug Rehab Center). The team and the volunteers are conducting their work in many districts : Mount Lebanon, Beirut and the Bekaa. They all hardly work to improve the prison conditions and to provide the best health condition especially for drug addicts in prisons and in our rehab center. Click here to read the full report.
Celebrating christams with prisoners
Nusroto Association - Prison Fellowship celebrating mother's day in women prison in zahle
Written by Bashiran Munshi Foundation
Thursday, 01 May 2014 18:37
According to Consolidated Nations Role on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) emblematical in Pakistan Cesar Guedes and Sharing Escritoire Narcotics Hold Partitioning Mian Zulqarnain Ameer released a examination titled "Have Use in Pakistan 2014". According to the info, people in Pakistan aged between 15 to 64 geezerhood use drugs in antithetic forms. The statistics of this informing ask that 6% or 6.7 Million adults in Pakistan had old drugs in 2014. 25 to 39 age age has the maximal frequence. About 4.5 Million fill are totally subordinate on drugs. The treatment opportunities to these fill surrender tract due to the absence of specialists. Only 30,000 ingest users every year can be treated with prevailing specialists. 80% men and 20% women union together to state 6.7 Million drug addicts in Pakistan. Women were little promising to jazz been activated struck state where a person of the accumulation lives on inferior than 1.25 dollars per day and financial obstruction makes it nigh undoable for every medicate freak to get discourse.
Hemp is the most misused take in Pakistan having 3.6% users or 4 Million grouping. Opium and Opiate ranks back and it is used by near 1% of medicate addicts. Opiate and Opium are mainly utilised in the areas that have borders joint with Afghanistan as the dwell is pedagogue poppy cultivating country.
Most people living in poverty-stricken areas of the country got addicted to drugs because some of their elders had been addicts throughout their lives. “Most people get the habit by watching their elders while growing up.
Nowadays even A-class (without any impurity) drugs were easily available in low-income areas. Market had no role in determining the use of drug in the country. “There is an extensive supply of drugs such as opium and hashish in the country.
Bashiran Munshi Foundation Drug Abuse information would soon be set up as part of a campaign against drug use. We are sending you some picture from our city people use drugs.
Tahir Aslam General Secretary Bashiran Munshi foundation(BMF) Email:
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Written by Bashiran Munshi Foundation
Thursday, 01 May 2014 18:33
Juma Wala Village , the part of South Punjab Pakistan — In this villages not far from the Multan District , the wheat harvest is only days away. Water buffaloes are resting in the shade. Farmers are preparing their fields. And drug addicts Alcohol like are crouched in the shadows, injecting themselves with cocktails of synthetic drugs.
Last Thursday, just after 11 a.m., Mr. Shabir followed another man into a dark corner of a decrepit building favored by the roughly 50 addicts in this village. Cracked prescription bottles littered the ground. The other man jabbed a syringe into his arm and injected a blend of prescription drugs that delivers a six-hour high.
“Save some for me,” said Mr. Shabir, who is drug addicts and stricken with tuberculosis. He told a photographer: “Shoot my picture. Make me famous.”
In south Punjab, whether in villages or cities, drugs have become a scourge. Opium is prevalent, refined as heroin or other illegal substances. Schoolboys sometimes eat small black balls of opium paste, with tea, before classes. Synthetic drugs are popular among those too poor to afford heroin.
The scale of the problem, if impossible to quantify precisely, is undeniably immense and worrisome. Pakistan has one of the world’s youngest populations, a factor that is expected to power future economic growth, yet Punjab is already a reminder of the demographic risks of a glut of young people. An overwhelming majority of addicts are between the ages of 15 and 35, according to one study, with many of them unemployed and frustrated by unmet expectations.
For the Punjab government, the problem is hardly unknown. Private drug treatment centers, some run by quacks, have proliferated across the state, and treatment wards in government hospitals have seen a surge in patients.
Bashiran Munshi Foundation, surveyed 500 drug addicts in rural and urban areas of Punjab and found that they were usually young, poor and unemployed. Most villages did not have health clinics but did have three or four drugstores, which often made sizable profits selling pills and other synthetic drugs to addicts who cannot afford heroin.
Mr. Javiad who are member of BMF said he had completed his study six years ago, at the request of Punjab’s governor, yet had never been contacted by any state official about the findings. “The state is not conceiving it as a social problem,” he said. “They are conceiving it as a personal problem.”
Opium has a long history in Punjab, and was commonly and legally consumed here before Pakistan gained independence in 1947. Today, Punjab is a primary gateway for opiates smuggled into Pakistan from Afghanistan.
The problem is prevalent in middle-class enclaves, where some users are hooked on heroin. One impoverished neighborhood of KPK, called Maqboolpura, is known as the Village of Widows — because so many young men have died of drug abuse and some of died use expired alcohol.
“Drugs are available everywhere,” said Ashraf Ali, who has spent 13 years running a school for poor children affected by drug abuse. Of the school’s 656 students, roughly 70 percent have lost a parent to drugs. One girl, a fifth grader, lost five uncles and her father to drug-related deaths.
In Punjab Villages and Urban Area, about a two-hour drive from Multan, a local nongovernmental organization tries to prevent the spread of drug addicts person. The group’s workers say there are 48 hard-core addicts in the village (out of more than 2,000 people) but that many other people use drugs. Government officials have sponsored “camps” here, with health officials providing antidrug information or trying to persuade addicts to undergo treatment — neither of which, villagers say, has been successful.
“Everybody knows about it,” said Mr Shah, a local shopkeeper. “But nobody does anything to stop it.”
Mr. Shabir, who is drug addicts, lives at his parents’ home with his younger brother and his sister. He started using drugs at age 15, and then quit school. He worked for several years pulling a rickshaw, got married and had a daughter. Later, his wife gave premature birth to twin sons, who died. Unable to abide her husband’s drug use, his wife left him and their daughter
“He steals things from the house,” said , his sister. “Sometimes, he steals money.”
Mr. Shabir, now 29, said he had tried many times to quit using drugs, but the urge was too strong. Because of his tuberculosis, he said, he is careful not to get to close to his daughter. “I play with her from a distance,” he said. “I try not to hug her, so that she doesn’t get infected.”
He added: “My future is finished. I am basically dead now.”
At a national level we have participated in organizing and at the same time encouraged our local branches to participate in the Candle light manifestation to remember the victims of drug abuse. The ceremony takes place 1st of November every year. It includes a two hours seminar on an up-to-date drug policy issue. Lit candles representing each victim of narcotic drugs in Sweden during the last year.
Speech by a Minister or any other prominent person. Short speeches by participating organizations. Handing out flyers.
Political actions are demanded and relatives to the victims are allowed a place for understanding and reflection.
The study circle material “Narkokoll” , originally meant for group studies, has been used in several groups around Sweden, but we have also at a national gathering educated members in basic and enhanced knowledge on drugs.
Narkokoll has also been introduced for distance education during the year. 20 persons participated in that training.
Introduction: Main activities of UYDEL Alcohol, drug and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation through seminars, sharing in conferences, advocacy, dissemination of IEC materials such as posters, stickers, t-shirts; HIV/AIDS prevention, child rights protection and awareness campaigns; prevention and rehabilitation of children engaged in child labour; Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (HIV Counseling and Testing, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, community mobile outreaches, music, dance and drama); HIV Prevention, care and support for street children and out of school young people; combating commercial sexual exploitation of children; vocational skills training and livelihood for young people and engagement in social research.
Commercial Sex Work (CSW) is an age old practice which has maintained a steady growth in the world. It could be viewed as one of those lucrative jobs but with a high risk, it is even believed to be a legal practice in some part of the world but it is being regulated by law that does not only defend or protect them (CSW) but safety measures and precautions which a commercial sex worker should take is well known in these countries. So therefore incidences of abuse and reproductive health care are in a lower percentage.
Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development is a child/youth serving organization whose engagement over the years since its inception has impacted and transformed the lives of many youths in the country. It is against this backdrop that the organization with funds from the British High commission have undertaken the challenge of addressing the Complex Health and Safety needs of Commercial Sex Workers in the western part of Freetown (Red-Light District)
It is evidently clear that Sierra Leone aligns with those countries where gross violations of human right, accompanied by incidences of abuse and a lower knowledge on reproductive health is still a challenge although certain in-roads are made.
This project does not only aim at reducing the incidences of abuse and improving the reproductive health care systems, but has a logical expression of preventing children from practicing commercial sex work. The project targeted five communities in the west end of Freetown namely; Lumley community Centre (Grass field), Murray Town community, Wilberforce Community, Brookfields Community and the Aberdeen Community of which the Brookfields community did the take-off. A stakeholders meeting was held in the five communities prior to the launch of the project. At CHASL House Kingharman road, a one day workshop was organized, as stipulated in the project, the targeted group or beneficiaries of this project are; the commercial sex workers themselves, Police Officers, health service providers, “BRAS” and “SISY’s” of these hot-sports and local authorities in each of the five community. Chief among the speeches that were delivered by the guest was that respect for human right and the right to access free health care facilities stood tall. The chairman of the occasion Mr. Lloyd H. Jusu Esq. affirms that legal actions are to be melted on defaulters of the law and respect for humanity should be held in higher esteem.
The Programme Officer, Mr. Habib T. Kamara gave the overview of the Workshop/Project. In his speech, he said that Lumley has the largest hot-spot in the Western District of Freetown, second is Aberdeen. He further stated that this is a growing concern for the future of this country and if an intervention is not made, the children on those shoulders rest the transformation of our country are going to be affected and infected.
The second phase of the project was a focus group discussion which was carried out in all hot-spot in the different communities. The head of outreach and communication officer, Mr. Edward N. Blake led this process to its logical conclusion. The recycling of condoms, quitting commercial sex work and the desire to live a productive and decent life formed part of our findings in all the hot-spot we visited. The Police on the other hand assured the public that they will from henceforth arrest and charge to court offenders who violates the rights of commercial sex workers.
The sex workers in the targeted communities now know where to make complains when their rights are violated. A good numbers of Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) now turn medical attention to the various community health centres.
Community leaders now accept that CSW are part of the communities and therefore their rights must be protected by all and sundry.
In our view, in spite of the successes to implementing this project, there are still challenges with regards commercial sex work in the aforementioned communities. A good number of community members’ especially religious leaders still frown at this practice. Most commercial sex workers still do not turn up for medical services at the health centres for fear of being stigmatized.
Almost all of the targeted beneficiaries are willing to quit this trade but they do not have an alternative source of livelihood to supplement for the sex trade.
In order to see a healthy nation, government and well-wishers should try by all means necessary to address the economic problems faced by commercial sex workers. Almost all of them are ready to call it a quit provided they have an alternative source of livelihood. We therefore recommend that skills training and business startups being given to sex workers which will eventually see them into new business engagements.
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