"Prevention Strategy and Policy Makers"
Regional Seminar for Afganistan and Neighboring Countries

UNODC has initiated a dialogue under the Regional Program for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries on how to improve the national drug prevention interventions and policies in the Region to make them real long-term investment in the healthy and safe development of children and youth.

Regional Training "Prevention Strategy and Policy Makers" under Drug Prevention and Health Branch initiative in the field of prevention was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 1-3 October, 2013 within Sub-programme 3 "Prevention and treatment of drug dependence among vulnerable groups" of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries for 2011-2014 that covers eight countries - Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - and offers a strategic framework for drug control initiatives and provides a platform for coordination and facilitation of counter-narcotics efforts across the region.

This Regional Seminar aimed to technically promote and support the improvement of the coverage and quality of national systems for drug use prevention in the participating countries, based on the UNODC International Standards on Drug Use Prevention published earlier this year, and building on the substantial expertise and activities already existing in the participating countries.

An expert group of two to three participants from the key governmental sectors in charge of the planning and implementation of drug use prevention activities and policies at the national level representing 8 Regional Programme countries attended the training. During the seminar the national delegations developed plans for the improvement of national prevention systems. The implementation and further development of these plans will be facilitated via series of teleconferences and continuing dialogue between UNODC Regional Office, UNODC Head Quarters and the National Counterparts.



  Opening of the Almaty Seminar


Presentations and Materials used at the meeting


Etiology of drug use ENG                              Etiology of drug use RU

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention RU ( DRAFT)

Monday 1 July      

Etiology of drug use ENG


Etiology of drug use RU

Overview of evidence based interventions and policies  ENG


Overview of evidence based interventions and policies RU                   

Using media for prevention ENG


Using media for prevention RU



Tuesday 2 July


Prevention response targeting pre-natal - early childhood age-group       ENG


Prevention response pre-natal - early childhood RU  

Prevention targeting middle childhood  ENG


Prevention middle childhood RU          

Prevention targeting early     adolescence 



Prevention  early adolescence   RU             

Prevention targeting adolescence and adulthood ENG


Prevention adolescence and adulthood RU


Wednesday 3 July

Components of national prevention system ENG Components of national prevention system RU    


Additional resources

Data collection and information systems

Materials from the UNODC Global Assessment Programme on Drug Abuse (GAP)

Module 1 Developing an Integrated Drug Information System
English French Russian Spanish  
Module 2 Estimating Prevalence: Indirect Methods for Estimating the Size of the Drug Problem
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 3 Conducting School Surveys on Drug Abuse
English French Russian Spanish Arabic

NOTE: Module 3 includes a model school-based questionnaire and has been developed in collaboration with the individuals involved in the most important school-based surveys globally (e.g. Monitoring the Future in the USA, ESPAD in Europe, CICAD in the Americas, etc.).

Module 4 ARQ Part II: Data management, Lexicon of Terminology and Guidance Notes
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 5 Training in Basic Drug Abuse Data Management and Analysis
English   Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 6 Focus Assessment Studies: A Qualitative Approach to Data Collection
English French Russian Spanish Arabic
Module 7 Ethical Challenges in Drug Epidemiology: Issues, Principles and Guidelines
English,   Russian Spanish Arabic,
Module 8 Guidance for the Measurement of Drug Treatment Demand
English French Russian Spanish Arabic

 Other materials


Drug prevention in schools

We have an entire page on drug prevention in schools on our website. The UNODC publication is rather old, but it includes very good resources, especially the protocol to address substance abuse episodes in schools. The Canadian standards are an excellent, more recent resource, and they are part of an entire package of standards produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.


Prevention activities in the context of sports

The two evidence based programmes that were mentioned during the Seminar are ATLAS and ATHENA. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the USA includes both. If you go to the website of the registry and look for the name of programs in the basic search, you will get all the relevant information.


Monitoring and evaluation



The European Drug Prevention Quality Standards  describe an eight-stage project cycle, to outline the necessary steps in planning, implementing and evaluating drug prevention activities.