Drug use Prevention, Treatment and Care Project

  1. Brief summary of CSO background/history

The project was implemented among diverse groups in the city of Abuja and it relishes on the increasing urbanisation and reports from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on drug activities in the FCT over a period of five years indicated that 31,614.58kg of narcotic drugs and 475 suspects prosecuted. The NBS report indicated that 2013 recorded the highest number of drugs seized. In that year, NDLEA confiscated 13,622kg of narcotic drugs, which was higher than 3,807.71kg seized in 2011. The report further showed that in 2012 and 2014, 5,094.30kg and 6,440.20kg of illegal drugs were seized, respectively. From the same report youths and young adult are the major users of these psychoactive substances. Therefore, The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) is a non-governmental organisation registered in 2015 using different approaches in promoting mental health across age group in Nigeria. This project was conducted using sensitisation and community engagement approach to reach diverse group like secondary school teachers, media organisations, traditional rulers, religious leaders, road transport workers and teachers.

  • Project Goal/Aim and Objectives

The overall goal of the project was to increase public awareness among road transport workers, religious leaders, traditional, leaders, media practitioners and secondary school teachers within Bwari Area Council and Abuja Metropolitan Area Council, Abuja on drug use, dependence, prevention and care.

Objectives

  1. To increase community collaboration and participation among road transport workers, secondary school teachers, traditional and religious leaders to create an enabling environment for community response to drug use, dependency, prevention, treatment and care through advocacy visits.
  2. To sensitize 150 road transport workers in Jabi, Zuba and Nyanya motor parks on drug use, dependency prevention, treatment and care using UNODC Trainer Resource Modules.
  3. To sensitise 50 secondary teachers in the city of Abuja on drug use, dependency prevention, treatment and care using UNODC Trainer Resource Modules.
  4. To sensitise 30 traditional rulers in Bwari Area Council on drug use, dependency prevention, treatment and care using UNODC Trainer Resource Modules.
  5. To sensitize 30 religious leaders (Imams and Pastors) on drug use, dependency prevention, treatment and care using UNODC Trainer Resource Modules.
  6. To sensitize 25 media practitioners on drug use, dependency prevention, treatment and care using UNODC Trainer Resource Modules