Drug Demand Reduction and HIV/AIDS

Available information on drug use in Pakistan is outdated and unreliable. The actual rates of drug use are higher than estimated given the high levels of drug trafficking, inability of past surveys to reach hidden populations and weak survey methodologies. Drug demand reduction and related HIV activities lack the structural framework through which services can be efficiently delivered. This results in a situation where interventions are carried out in an ad hoc manner without continuity and coordination.

Programme Deliverables


UNODC's programme on drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDs (Sub-Programme 3) builds the Government's capacity to plan, resource and implement drug use prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and comprehensive harm reduction services.

UNODC will enhance the availability and use of data on drug use through a national drug survey and the development of drug treatment and use reporting systems.

To increase the availability of treatment services, this Sub-Programme mainstreams drug treatment knowledge through the existing public health system. The extension of services to vulnerable groups will also be accelerated, as part of UNODC's contributions to global initiatives in Pakistan.

In the field of drug abuse prevention, Sub-Programme 3 mainstreams foundational knowledge into the education system and community-level prevention organizations. By disseminating basic training through teacher training institutes, this Sub-Programme ensures the next generation suffers less from drug use.

Based on analysis of drug demand reduction and HIV/AIDS in Pakistan, Sub-Programme 3 contributes to three outcomes through the delivery of eight outputs.