We would like to mention the official start of the project called Support Center for Family Members with Addiction Problems on July 1st of 2013. This project represents the part of broader project (Social Welfare Child Care System Reform - Enhancing Social Inclusion IPA 2010) implemented by the UNDP Office in Montenegro in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. This project is funded by the EU Delegation to Montenegro. Our project is intended for families with addiction problems, including addicted people themselves as well as any family member suffering from drug abuse consequences.
Our focus through this project is on children whose parents are drug abusers. In this way, we wanted to complete the scope of services offered by our organization, such as: Motivational Interviewing sessions for addicted people and women with children, individual and family psychotherapy, preparation and referral to the long-term stationary treatment, counseling for addicted women HIV-positive and Hepatitis C-positive, counseling for couples with addiction problems, counseling for family members, services of resocialization and reintegration into society, etc.
Based on the success of our previous project called Rebirth Complete (with Police Investigators working in the Centre for Fight Against Drugs and Narcotics and OSCE) we applied and received funds for the implementation of the project Alternative, supported by East-West Management Institute, under its Criminal Justice Civil Society Program (CJCSP), funded by U.S. Department of State/INL.The objective of this project is to train property crime inspectors to enhance their communication skills based on Motivational Interviewing method when they are faced with addicts who have committed a crime. If the inspector, at the time of arrest, take advantage of the moment, and motivate the drug addicted person to recognize and accept the treatment, we believe that this will have a significant impact on reducing the number of problems related to addiction, including the problem of the Justice System who deals with the same offender several times for the same or a similar crime.
In this way we want to introduce the problem of addiction as a problem of the whole society, and through raising the public awareness about the problem of substance abuse and related crimes we intend to influence with multidisciplinary approach.
We also launched the service of based-on-experience and professional counseling, individual and group sessions for drug/alcohol addicted, as well as support services for family members, including co-dependent persons.
In addition to all the above, we want to highlight the existence of the toll-free phone line (for all the fixed and mobile phones in Montenegro). For the previous year, we assisted over 100 people, who called us. We noticed the greater representation of women, which was not previously the case, so we believe that it brought the progress of our work and services in this field.
Written by Journey NGO
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:06
Journey Drop in Centre, VCT centre, Drugs & HIV Prevention Programs & Celebrating International Drug day.
With the formation of Journey in the year 2005, we started providing our services with a few dedicated volunteers. Within the last 7.5 years the NGO has expanded its array of services at its drop-in-center and VCT centre through the support of various international and local funds.
Written by Drug Fight Malawi
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:27
The Concept paper provides an outline of activities that aims at providing information to young people in Secondary Schools in Malawi on the negative effects of harmful consumption of alcohol and use of marijuana and other drugs both to their own health and the community.
Submitted By the Executive Director of Drug Fight Malawi
The Rapid Situation Analysis, a survey conducted by the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Malawi in conjunction with Zomba Mental Hospital ( a major mental hospital in the country) and the Ministry of Health in 2004 revealed that harmful consumption of alcohol, smoking of tobacco and use of marijuana were at the increase in Malawi particularly among young people and also ranked high as the main drugs of abuse in the country.
The main drugs of abuse in the country probably due to the following factors ;
- Though illegal, marijuana is highly grown and used in the country by young people (easily accessible and affordable)
- Malawi is amongst the 10 leading tobacco growers in the world with 75% grown by peasant farmers in rural areas (easily accessible and affordable) and with no single tobacco control regulation
- Alcohol beverage production by formal and informal manufactures is high. The problem has been multiplied with the influx of very cheap liquor sachets. (No Alcohol Policy in place, lack of government efforts in enforcement of existing liquor acts in the country.
Young people are highly at risk in Malawi because of not only lacking legislations but also with no access to evidence-based information on the dangers of use of these substances.
The problem has the following results on the people and economy of the country;
1. High school dropout. (illiterate rate amongst the highest in the world)
2. HIV prevalence rate amongst the highest in the world ( at 11% according to National AIDS Commission 2012)
3. Poverty level; very high (among the 10th poorest nations in the world with 67% living below poverty line (Malawi Integrated Household Survey 2010-2011) and with 25% of the population chronically food insecure.
It is against this background that Drug Fight Malawi would like to embark on sharing information with young people particularly those in schools so that they have informed choice.
As much as the organization is well positioned as the only NGO in the country registered to focus on these issues and also with very good relationship with the government through Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth just to mention a few, Drug Fight Malawi has limited technical expertise not only to bring to the youth the very important and good materials but also the best ways to deriver
Objective of this Concept Proposal:
To seek for technical support from interested partners within the membership of World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD)
Handling of the project:
Interested partners will either train Drug Fight Malawi officers and other local interested groups and individuals in Malawi (Training of Trainers Sessions) to ensure smooth implementation of the project by locals.
In addition to providing trainings to locals, interested partners may wish to participate in the implementation of the project in secondary schools.
Contribution from Drug Fight Malawi
The organization will provide all the necessary non-monetary support such as; providing required information of the country, provide mode of transport (a vehicle), provide an office to interested partners throughout the project period if interested to participate in the implementation, assisting in getting necessary papers to enable interested partner/s work on voluntary basis in the country and other support as explained here in.
Duration of the project : The project will be implemented from October, 2013 and May, 2015
In an effort to commemorate The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Pakistan, Ray of Hope arranged a bicycle rally by the name "Paddling a drug free life" on June 26th 2013 which covered a good 8 km distance from its starting point and return. The rally spread the message of Say NO to DRUGS and showed that how beautiful life is without drugs. Individuals from all walks of life and diverse age groups with gender equality were part of this conscience effort against the evil of drug abuse in our society.
Written by Drug Fight Malawi
Monday, 29 July 2013 11:07
The activity is conducted in Traditional Authority Kalolo, Lilongwe. This output is achieved by training the youth on the dangers of heavy alcohol drinking, marijuana and then organizing them into clubs so that they disseminate the same information to other members of the community. The meeting also discussed strategic issues with regards ways of improving the implementation of various activities, reporting on progress, and communication activities.
Charity Tawina Phiri Program Manager, Drug Fight Malawi
Nelson Baziwelo Zakeyu Executive Director, Drug Fight Malawi
Written by Drug Fight Malawi
Thursday, 25 July 2013 14:53
SOS Children’s Village is an institution found in many countries around the world which assist children and young people in acquiring their education both basic and tertiary. Normally, children and young people that are admitted to such places are the ones that are less privileged either because they lost a parent or both or lack parental care or their families unable to provide necessary care and hence are destitute
Drug Fight Malawi is an NGO in Malawi that does not only advocates for alcohol and drug policies in the country but also assist children and young people with evidence-based information on the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs of abuse.
On 15th July, 2013, the School administration of SOS-Malawi invited Drug Fight Malawi to offer a talk to their children on the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs among not only children and young people but also to their relatives and parents