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VNM/J93 - Support for developing effective ATS prevention strategies and measures for East Asia: A Pilot in Viet Nam

1. Project Code and Sector

No. and Title: VNM/J93 - Support for developing effective ATS prevention strategies and measures for East Asia: A Pilot in Viet Nam
Status/Starting Date: December 2008
Duration: 24 months
Executing Agency: UNODC
Government
counterpart agency:
Standing Office on Drugs Control of Vietnam,
Ministry of Public Security
Aggregate Budget: US$299,900

 

2. Project Background and Justification

While some countries in East Asia have already been faced with serious ATS abuse problems, it appears up to now the situation has not reached the same extent in Viet Nam. However, the problem is increasing especially among the youth which occupies a large segment of the population in Viet Nam. It is therefore an urgent task to take effective prevention measures before the problem spreads to the young population.

This project aims to support the Government of Viet Nam to develop effective ATS prevention strategies and measures targeting high risk population, particularly young people. Firstly, the project will focus on conducting an assessment of the current ATS situation in the country, providing an overall picture of the magnitude and the nature of the problem as well as evidence-based information necessary for developing targeted intervention measures. Secondly, the project will develop and implement pilot ATS prevention programmes in selected sites in Viet Nam, based on the results of the situation assessment.

The results of the situation assessment will be shared nationally and regionally in a seminar to be attended by various stakeholders. The results of the assessment will also constitute an important input to the UNODC Regional Programme for East Asia and the Pacific, providing valuable information on ATS abuse patterns in Viet Nam, which could be utilized when planning for drug prevention programmes for the region. Furthermore, the lessons, outcomes and materials of this project will be shared and disseminated in the South East/ East Asia region as well as globally through UNODC HQ's global network.

Regional experience from Thailand, the Philippines and Lao PDR in the implementation of demand reduction/drug prevention projects specifically focusing on ATS puts UNODC in a strong and unique leading position. The planned situation assessment by this project aims to produce targeted evidence based data in order to launch pilot project activities which are complementary to the ATS data and information intended by UNODC project F97 "Improving ATS Data and Information on ATS" and the Global Synthetic Monitoring, Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme.

 

3. Objective, Outputs and Main Activities

Objective: Assessing the situation of ATS abuse in Viet Nam, and piloting effective prevention programmes

Output 1: Assessment of the extent and nature of ATS abuse in Viet Nam

Output 2: Pilot intervention programmes on ATS prevention developed based on the situation assessment findings

Output 3: Pilot intervention programmes on ATS prevention implemented in selected sites

Output 4: Lessons learned and good practices/results reviewed, shared and disseminated in East Asia and globally

 

4. Counterpart, Institutional Setting and Implementing Arrangements

UNODC will execute the project through the UNODC Viet Nam Country Office with technical support by UNODC HQ. The project document and its objectives are in line with the UNODC Country Programme (CP) for Viet Nam 2008-2011, the UNODC Medium Term Strategy 2008-2011 and the One Plan (Common Action Plan) 2006-2010 between the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations organizations in Viet Nam.

Representatives of the implementing agencies will form the Project Steering Committee. The committee consists of senior representatives of MPS, MOCST and UNODC Viet Nam, the National Project Director and the International Project Coordinator/ National Project Officer. It meets on a regular basis to review project progress and advise on or take important project-related decisions that ensure smooth project implementation.