Evidence Based Drug Preventions Interventions in Pakistan Universal Prevention Curriculum

Source: Paris Pact

Geographical area: Global

Date: 15 March 2022

UNODC office in Pakistan in coordination with Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) and Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (MoNHSR&C) is preparing a pool of national drug prevention trainers to implement the existing Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC). This activity will help the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the development of the drug prevention workforce while conducting trainings on UPC curriculum in all four provinces in Pakistan.

In 2022, the newly trained professional deliver the following UPC training courses:  i) Introduction to Prevention Science, ii) Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists, iii) School based Prevention Intervention and iv) Media based Prevention Interventions. The trainings are conducted for three groups in Islamabad and Karachi for 66 multidisciplinary professionals teachers, psychologist, civil society organization workers and anti-narcotics force (ANF) staff equipping them with evidence-based strategies of drug prevention in school and media settings.

This activity will yield a pool of 19 national UPC trainers who will remain available not only for UPC trainings but also to devise strategy and programmes on evidence-based drug use prevention. This is fully in line with recommendations adopted by Paris Pact partners under Pillar IV on drug prevention and treatment of the Vienna Declaration, which serves as a roadmap of the Paris Pact Initiative.