Press Release


Regional Training  for Law Enforcement Official's on HIV Service Provision for People who Inject Drugs

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Tashkent 26 November 2014:  Three days training workshop for Law enforcement officers is being supported by the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Pakistan under Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries within the framework of sub-Programme 3 - " Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence among Vulnerable Groups" started on 25 th November 2014. 

The Law enforcement officials from eight Regional programme countries Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are participating in this workshop.  

There is an increasing global recognition of the important role that police have in protecting citizens and public health, especially in diverse and vulnerable communities such as people who use drugs, the law enforcement personnel need to know how to better engage themselves with people who use drugs, non-government and government agencies for provision of need based essential health and social services. 

During the three days training workshop the Law enforcement officers will be introduced to the training manual developed by UNODC on HIV service provision for people who inject drugs drug and educate them on the concepts and importance of multi-sectoral approach towards an enabling environment enhancing the collective health of the community, including people who use drugs.  

It is envisaged that the training will enhance the capacity of regional law enforcement officials to adapt the training manual according to the national requirements and include in the training of law enforcement officials in their respective countries using the international best practices and scientific evidence based approaches.  The regional training will be followed by the national trainings in the regional countries

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Programme (RP) is acting as an as an umbrella over the ongoing assistance at country and sub regional level, adding a dedicated support facility to support regional cooperation initiatives, especially confidence building measures and jointly organized activities. Sub-Programme 3- Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence among Vulnerable Groups ,  is supporting the ongoing UNODC initiatives aimed at reducing the demand for drugs, as well as the adverse consequences of drug abuse for individual and society as a whole in the context of comprehensive, complementary and multi-sectoral drug demand reduction strategies. Moreover, it supports the development of regional networks and linkages to strengthen drug and related HIV prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services.