In the present context, Health Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Bangladesh, has been conducting trainings to ensure dissemination of facts regarding COVID19, adequate preparedness during the pandemic and enhancement of the efficiency of health workers. In continuation of this, and with the support from SANJOG - a network of drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers in Bangladesh, DAM has organized online training on “Operational Preparedness for Tackling Physical and Psychological Burden of COVID19” for addiction professionals and other treatment and rehabilitation center management staff. A total of 75 participants took part in the training.
Moreover, DAM developed operational guideline for drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers during COVID-19. Please see the link for more activities on COVID 19
The participants of the training were provided a certificate of participation following the sessions. Also DAM Health Sector provided the participants from each center a full set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) free of cost.

Read the training report.

African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention (AYICRIP), Nigeria and Smart International, Sweden held the 1st West African Primary Prevention Conference on Drug Abuse from the 16th to 17th March, 2020 at the Bible Society Guest House, Palm Groove Estate, Palm Groove, Lagos with theme; Prevention Works.

Read the conference outcome document here and see all photos on AYICRIP's Facebook page
On the 8th of April, WFAD invites all members to take part in a webinar around recovery cities.
While the initiation of recovery is mostly triggered by individual, psychological change and social triggers, sustaining recovery is more strongly predicted by opportunities provided by the community. It is therefore important to build local communities to support social cohesion. In this webinar Professor David Best will explain the theoretical background for recovery cities and the main principals. We will also listen to Alexander Zugic and Boro Goic about the practical implementation of the ideas around recovery in the Balkans. The discussions will be led by Mulka Nisic.
Time: 13.00 – 14.00 CEST, April 8, 2020
In order to participate in the Webinar register here.
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a code and information how to access the Webinar channel ‘Zoom’.
Last day to register is April 7. Please note that the number of seats are limited.

Read more about the speakers

Read more: Welcome to Webinar on Recovery Cities!

Congratulations to Dhaka Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center who rganised the 8th Recovery Get-Together on the 28th of February 2020 at its premises in Gazipur, Bangladesh.
The Recovery Get-Together celebrated the healthy drug-free lives of 170 people in recovery! 

Read the full report here.
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The 2020 Annual Congress of World Federation Against Drugs was held in Vienna, Austria on March 1st 2020. 

On the basis on the WFAD's Ten Year Strategic Plan, which includes placing particular focus on the Convention on The Rights of The Child (Article 33) and the situation for women affected by drug use, the nomination committee suggested a new Board to serve for the coming two-years.

The Congress and Strategic Meeting reports will be uploaded to our website and relevant congress protocalls/documents to be sent via email to all members.

WFAD Welcomes our new Board:
Amy Ronshausen, International President of World Federation Against Drugs
Rogers Kasirye, Vice President representing Africa
Linda Nilsson, Secretary representing Europe
Rima Saade Turk, Board member representing Asia
Iván Alvardo, Board member representing Latin America
Robert DuPont, Board member representing North America
Mike Sabin, representing Oceania 

Diana Vincent, Deputy Board Member representing Asia
Eze Eluchie, Deputy Board Member representing Africa
Boro Goic, Deputy Board Member representing Europe
Sushma D. Taylor, Deputy Board Member representing North America 
Shane Varcoe, Deputy Board Member representing Oceania 

We also welcome our new special advisors: Asia Ashraf, Jo Baxter and Per Johansson. 

The website portal will be updated accordingly. 

Together with four member organisations, UYDEL, Slum Child Foundation, SCAD and Paddifoundation WFAD hosted the second East African Regional Forum. The workshop and forum were part of a pilot-study grant, funded by Swedish Development Agency Forum Syd. The two-day workshop hosted some 25 members from the Region (including Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as two Nigeran participants), with an aim to deepen cooperation between and within civil society. 

The two-day Regional workshop dove into the strengths, needs and capacities in the region's CSOs (within the field of drug and alcohol addiction). The result: The East African Network on substance Abuse was created. The group worked through the network's vision, mission, objectives and activities and the Secretary and Chair of the network were chosen, Kikome Ruth, Uganda and George Ochieng Odalo, Kenya. For more information regarding the network, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive the contact persons' email. 

The results of the two-day workshop and discussions was presented in a joint declaration, named the KAMPALA DECLARATION

The final day, 6th of February, the WFAD East African Regional Forum on Prevention and Treatment of Drugs and Alcohol took place. Over 80 participants were joined by a high amount of media. The event, and interviews, were broadcasted on Ugandan television. The Day began with a testimony by Catherine Boyane of Nakuru Drop-In Centre, Kenya, who shared her story and presented the past workshop-days. 
Participants and speakers from the region and abroad joined the forum, which covered a wide range of areas from Convention on the Rights of the Child, Gender and Drug Abuse among Young Women, the Asian experience on Drug Demand reduction, the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime, a Drug free worksplace, legalisation of marijuana, Civil Society Impact on Policy Makers, and finally a panel discussion highlighting the situation for women facing addiction within East and West Africa. The Forum was co-funded by Förbundet Mot Droger, IFNGO, WFTC, Drug Free America Foundation and Carlton Hall Consulting LLC. We thank those who supported the forum, the media attendees, the UYDEL Team for hosting us, the speakers a special thank you to all participants in the workshop and forum! 

You can read the pressrelease and agenda here, and access powerpoints below. The Conference Report is attached here.

Agenda topics and power points
The Global Movement: Esbjörn Hörnberg, International President World Federation Against Drugs.
Gender and Drug Abuse among Young Women: Anna Nabulya, Uganda Youth Development Link.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Rogers Kasirye, Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link.
Asian Experiences on drug demand Reduction: Augusto Nogueira, President, IFNGO.
UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, its Review Mechanism and the role of NGOs: Billy Batware, UNODC/UNOTC.
Promoting Prevention, Treatment and Recovery through a Drug Free Workplace: Carlton Hall, Drug Free America Foundation & President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC.
Engaging with the African Union and emerging Legalization of drugs: George Ochieng, Founder Slum Child Foundation.
Civil Society Impact on Policy Makers: Regional and Global Advocacy: Eze Eluchie, President of the African Center for Health Law and Development.

Conference report 
Report on the East African Regional Forum: compiled by Lubega Andrew, UYDEL.

Welcome to the East African "Miniature" Regional Forum! 

The Regional Forum will take place on the 6th of February at Nyumbani Hotel, Kampala, Uganda. 
Read the Draft Programme. Read more about the Forum on the website of ISSUP

If you wish to attend the Regional Forum, February 6th, at your own expense, you are most welcome to do so. Register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , no later than January 23rd. There are only 25 spots available, so it is first come, first served. Notice will be sent when the registration is full. Information has been sent to members via email. 

The Regional Forum is in connection to a two-day workshop, to which WFAD East African members have been able to apply. Out of which 20 persons have been chosen to attend the two-day workshop. 


Welcome to the 2020 Annual Congress of WFAD, will take place in Vienna, Austria March 1st 2020, 16:00-18:00 CET. Members can participate via online-link. 

Preliminary Agenda, WFAD Congress 2020
a.     Opening and approval of the agenda
b.     Election of officers
c.      Admission of new member organisations
d.     Selection of congressional committees
e.     Reports from the International Board
f.      Financial reports and the auditor’s report
g.     Motions
h.     Plan of Action
i.      Election of International President
j.      Election of  International Board
k.      Election of auditor
l.      Election of Nominating Committee
m.    Statements from the Congress
n.     Time and venue for the next Congress
o.     Closing
Motions or other items for consideration by the Congress shall be submitted to the International Board not later than one month prior to the opening of the Congress. In cases of urgent matters, the International Board can place items on the agenda.
To be elected as an officer of the International Board the candidate must have received a majority of all the votes cast, unless there is only one nominee for an office, in which case the presiding officer, after asking if there are any further nominations, shall declare the nominee elected to the office. The Nomination Committee will present their nominations in February. 

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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