NEWS AND EVENTS
November 14, 2012
Healthy Nation, Healthy Country
Tashkent hosted a conference devoted to the implementation of the Fifth phase of the Program of Action of the European Union to combat drug trafficking in Central Asia (CADAP).
The event was organized by the National Information and Analytical Center on Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The Conference’s participants were experts of ministries and agencies working in the area of combating drug use and drug trafficking, international organizations, the diplomatic corps accredited in Uzbekistan.
The conference noted that a new phase of the program to prevent the spread of drugs in Central Asia, funded by the European Union has began in Tashkent. The program consists of three components - increasing knowledge of the drug situation in the country, support for the introduction of modern systems of drug treatment and drug prevention, awareness and access to treatment.
The main purpose of CADAP - acceleration of successful practices in the EU and other international organizations in the fight against drugs and assistance in health issues, warning of the dangers associated with drug addiction, as well as issues related to the costs of national health systems. In this regard, the participants noted that the effective implementation of the project in Uzbekistan contributed to the fact that its subject meets the tasks carried out in the country’s program of comprehensive measures against drug abuse and trafficking. This work involves law enforcement agencies, healthcare, education, public associations of the country.
Addressing the meeting, Head of the European Union delegation in Uzbekistan Dominique Waters noted that the implementation of such a broad campaign to raise awareness and prevention of drug addiction and AIDS contributes to the productive work of experts and civil society organizations aimed at preventing their proliferation, promotes the exchange of experiences. \"Uzbekistan has successfully implemented all the previous phases of CADAP, the competent ministries and agencies have concentrated their efforts on targeted comprehensive action to combat drug trafficking, drug abuse prevention, development of interagency and international cooperation.
Large-scale preventive efforts to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking were undertaken. The number of persons in the dispensary and preventive supervision has significantly decreased. International cooperation in this direction is actively promoted. An activity is conducted to coordinate, monitor and ensure the implementation of international projects of the UN, OSCE and EU. In particular, under the CADAP program’s projects a work to establish special units, to equip security checkpoints with special equipment and technical means, modern precision diagnostic equipment were conducted, \"- he stressed.
The GIZ representative, Program Manager \"Health of Central Asia - Uzbekistan\" Ernest Robello said that the new phase CADAP would be concentrated on issues of public health. \"Therefore it is necessary to strengthen cooperation and assist in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, and to pay a particular attention to the growing threat of drug trafficking. In this regard, the experience of the European Union and its member states in drug demand reduction, monitoring and rehabilitation is useful, \"- he said. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)