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This pandemic is truly one of the most dangerous challenges we have faced in our lifetime and people affected by addiction and those in recovery and their families were not the exception. Moreover, the restrictions do not affect everyone equally. Particularly vulnerable are those experiencing multiple disadvantages coupled with drug addiction. With schedules disrupted, medical and psychological care restricted and support networks shut down, the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardize individual’s recovery.

It is my belief that the most vulnerable among those, especially women, children and young people must be supported, with guidance, equipment and concrete life-saving services as they fight the virus, as it is absolutely critical to save lives.  But let’s not forget that the addiction and recovery don’t stop with the pandemic.

Read the full statement by Mulka Nisic, Celebrate Recovery. 
Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL*) response towards gender based violence and alcohol abuse during the lockdown. 

The COVID 19 pandemic globally has had a devastating negative impact especially in low income countries like Uganda who have o welfare system and medical care is wanting. Families and children in the city were caught off-guard as Government struggled to draw a strategy to deal with the pandemic both at medical and social behavioral level. Governments declared lockdown and everything stood at stand still. The initial 14 days of lock down appeared manageable, then 21 and another 21 then things become worse. Children and their families depending on small informal business closed, capital eaten up and didn’t know what to happen next. We saw an increased in enforcing the lockdown and stay at home policies.

UYDEL received distress calls from some our 1,500 young people we serve daily in our drop in centers that life had become unbearable, there was a lot of hunger, and some violence was inflicted on children. Children trying to cope in the pandemic were far worse off and some taken play by the exploiters in the name of giving food (exchange for sex). There was a spike and increase of sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the informal settlement and slums. Gladly we requested for support from OAK Foundation, who responded positively to this emergency to assist and help over 1500 children in Kampala city who were scattered in the city.

UYDEL Response: With support from donors, we have put together hygiene basket composed of wash stands with buckets, soap and Dettol, with informational brochures that were distributed through our networks and with our partners in urban communities, and in support of local government leadership. We are mobilizing and supporting youth in our networks who know how to sew to make artisanal face masks that can be made available to the wider community on sale at reasonable cost.

Read the full UYDEL report on their response towards GBV and alcohol abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown.

UYDEL is a member organisation of WFAD, with representation in the WFAD International Board through Mr. Rogers Kasirye, Vice-President of the Board.
Ikenna Daniel Molobe, Unified Initative for a Drug Free Nigeria, has co-authored a policy paper on "Migrant Communities and COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa" which has been pubblished in the Pan African Medical Journal. The paper is timely and has been disseminated to relevant agencies.
Despite the high prevalance and numerous adverse health consequences, many individuals with substance use do not seek proper treatment. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the treatment seeking pattern of relapse cases in Bangladesh. 

Iqbal Masud's (et al. 2020) study showed that a combination of treatment is common in Bangladesh for relapse cases of substance use disorders. Long term follow up is needed to see the ultimate outcome.

Read the report/article here
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
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.  

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. 

Gruppbild Kalegium Pinsk oktober 2019

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