Member Activity

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 https://www.amic.org.bd/updated-information-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
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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.

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 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
Fourth Wave Foundation – Project VENDA, a WFAD member working with teenagers and young adults in the fight against the menace of drug abuse, aims to create S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment).
As a part of creating S.A.F.E., Project VENDA commemorated International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by conducting activities like Morning Assembly Speech, Poster Making, Slogan Making and Walkathon,
from 24 June to 26 June 2019, throughout 325 schools in Ernakulam city in Kerala, India. This was done in order to spread information to help teenagers and young adults refrain from illicit drug abuse and use.

See more photos here.

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