Stakeholders capacitated on substance use disorder treatment

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Selected participants from The Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG), Ministry of Health, Department of Social Welfare, religious leaders, Supportive Activist Foundation (SAF), Journalists Against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organised Crime (JAIDTOC) have completed the second cycle of Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Universal Substance Use Disorder Treatment Curriculum (UTC) at the Senegambia Beach Hotel, on Tuesday.

The training focused on Common Co- Occurring Medical and Mental Disorders - an overview for addiction professionals and basic counseling skills for addiction professionals.

The training was organized by DLEAG in partnership with the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program (DAP) with support from the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Officials say the training aims at building capacity of core master trainers on the universal treatment curriculum. These master trainers will then serve as a resource hub for training local stakeholders on the UTC.

Deputy director general of DLEAG Tijan Bah said The Gambia is fortunate to be among the few countries within the region selected by partners for the implementation of this training curriculum. He enjoined participants to take the training seriously, make best use of the skills acquired from the training and share knowledge gained with others. ‘This training will help broaden your understanding of substance use disorder treatment and related matters in line with best practices’ Bah said.

According to DDG Bah, the Gambia like many other countries in the region lack specialized drug treatment facilities and inadequate capacity of specialized drug addiction specialist. He further said that with training of this nature, they can bridge the gap in terms of human capacity required to treat addicts and those suffering from Drug Induced Psychosis (DIP).

He assured the trainers and participants of the agency continued support and collaboration in bridling drugs and associated menace from our society while calling on the public to support the agency in this noble crusade.

The complete training is expected to last a whole year with two curriculums covered in every cycle. The first started in January 2019. And during the first cycle, participant covered Physiology and Pharmacology for addiction Professionals and Treatment for Substance Use Disorder – The Continuum of Care for Addiction Professionals. 

Author: Ousman Jallow