About Treatnet

In many countries, despite the immense need, access to evidence-based drug dependence treatment services is limited or non-existent.

The World Drug Report 2009 estimates the total number of illicit drug users at 250 million people - equivalent to about five percent (5%) of the global population aged 15 to 64. Of that number, an estimated 38 million people are problematic drug users, but only about 4.9 million of them have access to drug dependence treatment and care.

Treatnet is working to remove barriers to low-cost, effective and evidence-based drug treatment services in developing countries and to provide diversified, effective and quality drug dependence treatment and rehabilitation services, including HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Treatnet is being implemented for a period of three years (2009-2011) in 26 countries in 5 regions.

The strategy to achieve this goal includes three lines of action:


  • Promoting a sound understanding of drug dependence treatment and care (including HIV/AIDS prevention) and the recognition of drug dependence as a health disorder that requires a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach;

Capacity Building

  • Improving the technical skills and capacity of drug dependence treatment and care service providers at national level through a "train the trainers" approach
  • Through the training of Trainers approach, a cascade of professionals are being trained on our Drug Dependence Treatment Training Package. Master Trainers, all experts on drug dependence treatment, will lead regional trainings of National Trainers who in turn will train service providers in their own counties.

Service Improvement

  • Supporting the development and improvement of evidence-based treatment and care services that provide a continuum of care objective to treatment at the local level
  • Local and National networks of governments, treatment centres, primary health care services, universities and NGOs will disseminate evidence-based good practice in drug dependence treatment that includes accessibility to treatment along side social integration and rehabilitation.
  • Development of country-specific quality standards

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