Tajik and EU Experts Discussed Drug Prevention Plans at a Workshop in Dushanbe (03/09/2015)

Dushanbe, Tajikistan (September 3, 2015) – The experts from the European Union (Poland) presented  proposals and plans for the implementation of the Prevention Component of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme’s sixth phase (CADAP 6), funded by the European Union and implemented by a Consortium of the EU Member States led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

During the three-day workshop local experts and drug prevention specialists from government, non- governmental and international agencies dealing with drug demand reduction issues and prevention work (Drug Control Agency,  Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republican Narcological Centre, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science, Customs Committee, Committee of Youth, Sport and Tourism , Committee of Women and Family Affairs, Committee of Religious Affairs, local public organizations, journalists, international organisations and projects) briefed on the ongoing initiatives and programmes in the drug prevention field and presented the country’s current needs in drug prevention measures.

Tajik and EU experts drafted detailed plans in information dissemination on the drug problem and other prevention activities at the national, local and frontline level.

As an outcome of the workshop, experts and focal points including those partners who are engaged in the prevention work at the frontline level (teachers, doctors, representatives of the non-government sector and others) were selected for developing and further implementing drug prevention programmes under CADAP 6. Local communities where planned prevention initiatives would be implemented have also been preliminarily identified. 

The Prevention Component has been implemented in Tajikistan within the previous phases of CADAP together with Drug Control Agency, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, featuring drug awareness mass media campaigns and specific work with local communities.

All programme activities under CADAP 6 focus both on national and regional capacity building, by providing policy advice and technical assistance, monitoring of the drugs situation, prevention, drug treatment and harm reduction services.

The implementation of these measures is based on mutual work with Central Asian experts, merging evidence-based knowledge with understanding of country specific realities and cultural and institutional frameworks. These initiatives are designed to strengthen each target institution in Central Asia in providing a more efficient and effective implementation of mandates and greater accountability for action in tackling drug-related problems. The beneficiaries include policy makers, drug experts, penitentiary and hospital staff, media professionals, teachers, drug users, prisoners, young people and the general public.

The overall objective of the sixth phase of CADAP is to strengthen the capacity of the five Central Asian countries to deal with the drug phenomenon in the region in a comprehensive, integrative and sustainable manner. For more information, please contact Ms. Mavjigul Azizulloeva, CADAP 6 National Coordinator, by phone (+992) 98 584 32 70, or e-mail: mavjigul.azizulloeva@giz.de