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Training programme on addiction rehabilitation and drug prevention in the workplace for Asia and the Pacific

Background:

Most countries of the region accord higher priority to reducing the supply of drugs rather than to reducing demand. However, in recent years there has been an increased focus on demand reduction. Despite this new trend, the continuum of services required for effective demand reduction remains incomplete, with the area of most neglect being rehabilitation. In addition, not enough attention is paid to drug prevention in the workplace, through programmes reaching workers, their families and the community. The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that rehabilitation workers lack adequate knowledge and expertise. There is an urgent need to redress the shortcomings of rehabilitation at all levels, i.e., policy development, programme planning and service delivery. National capacity must be strengthened to support policy and programming framework which are conducive to effective service delivery. The implementation of the project will result in establishing capacity at the National Centre for Drug Research in Malaysia to organize and conduct training courses in addiction rehabilitation and prevention for countries in the region. It will also improve access to rehabilitation and prevention technology, information sources and training through the Internet, and put in place a network of institutional focal points and experts in rehabilitation and workplace prevention programme development. The project will enhance capability at the national level to organize training courses in addiction rehabilitation and workplace prevention, and improve rehabilitation services as well as workplace prevention programmes, and it will make available training resource material and staff both at the regional and national levels.

Objective:

To establish an institutional framework and technical capacity at the regional level to conduct training on addiction rehabilitation and drug prevention in the workplace

Expected accomplishments:

Established capacity at the National Centre for Drug Research in Malaysia to organize and conduct training courses in addiction rehabilitation and prevention for countries in the region

Effects and Impact:

The project has had a significant impact by creating a body of informed experts in the nexus of preventing and managing drug use and HIV/AIDS in the workplace setting and by leaving a legacy of the teaching materials which can be used for further training in other contexts, for example on the internet.

After slower delivery than expected during 2003 due to unforeseen influences, the project successfully managed to gather momentum in 2004. After a meeting between the project principles in Vienna in March 2004, project activities were rescheduled to be completed within 2004. Eight regional training courses were held and training manuals on Addiction Rehabilitation, Managing Drug Users with HIV/AIDS, and on Vocational Rehabilitation.