Emirates News Agency – National Rehabilitation Center launches drug and alcohol prevention capacity building initiative in United Arab Emirates, Middle East


ABU DHABI, May 29, 2021 (WAM) – The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC), a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center of excellence in drug addiction in the Middle East, to prepare to organize a training event for capacity building in the field of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The program will run virtually from May 30 to June 4.

The training is aimed at decision-makers and specialists from the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as well as Egypt and Sudan.

The first such training program in the Middle East emerged as a result of NRC’s strategic memorandum of understanding with the Office of International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Department of State ( INL). Based on the MoU, the NRC has been accredited as a training center for Colombo Plan programs for the Middle East region.

The training program, which will run over a period of five days, includes nine main themes based on the “Universal Prevention Program (UPC)”, which was developed by the “Colombo Plan” team. Dr Hamad Abdullah Al-Ghafri, Director General of NRC, will participate in the delivery of these virtual training sessions with specialists from the center and the Colombo Plan team.

The capacity building program follows the NRC prevention and early intervention strategy. Both of these are seen as an effective way to reduce the consequences of drug abuse in society, especially at a time when many countries around the world are experiencing rising rates of drug and alcohol abuse.

This program aims to involve senior officials and policy makers in raising awareness about the importance of drug abuse prevention and management, in addition to enabling frontline actors to receive specialized training on drug abuse. the comprehensive prevention approach and drug abuse prevention practices.

Speaking about this initiative, Dr Hamad Al Ghaferi, Director General of NRC, said: “We are witnessing deep global efforts to tackle all forms of drug addiction, but much remains to be done to provide lasting solutions to this dilemma. At NRC, we are proud to become the first entity in the Middle East to offer training programs designed with a comprehensive prevention approach. ”

He added: “The program will allow specialists and specialists to understand the UPC developed by Colombo Plan. At NRC, we are keen to monitor changes in societal behavior of all age groups locally or globally, and to research their causes and the magnitude of their impact in pushing community members to adapt behaviors that are likely to lead them to drug addiction ”.

Al Ghaferi concluded by saying: “Awareness and prevention are fundamental to protect society, especially young people who represent our future.”

In February 2021, NRC announced that it had joined the International Center for Technology Transfer (ITTC) network, making it the only entity in the Gulf region to be part of this network. The ITTC network includes entities from South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam, in addition to a coordination center in the United States. The ITTC network aims to develop the skills of professionals, organizations and systems that provide prevention, treatment and recovery support from substance use.


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