Surgeons stitch up a patient after an operation at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia; Photo: Tobin Jones

Health-care professionals are one of the core elements of the Global Children Program as they are often one of the first to come in contact with vulnerable children. Healthcare Professionals provide science based treatment and facilitate re-entry and integration into communities, schools and their families.

The UNODC, Drug Prevention and Health Branch has produced a "Psychosocial Implementation Manual" that is helpful in support of the work of healthcare personnel.

Further information

UNODC Psychosocial Implemention Manual


The World Health Organization has developed its Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy (pdf) which are useful to increase healthcare professionals knowledge regarding substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy and children.

Further information

Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy