In pictures… the Minister of Solidarity launches the “Strong Families” and “Baraka Movement” programs

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Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Addictions and Abuse Treatment and Treatment Fund, opened the regional workshop in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and crime – Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, within the framework of a constructive and continuous cooperation between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to exchange experiences and best practices in reducing drug demand.
The workshop, to be held in Cairo from May 22-26, aims at regional training for capacity building, preparation and training of cadres working in the field of drug abuse prevention and treatment, with the assistance of international expertise in this field. , as well as the strengthening of family skills and the means to prevent children from falling into the clutches of drugs and other negative phenomena, especially among families in fragile and vulnerable situations, as well as the development of important life skills for young people at risk of drugs through many innovations in exercise-based methods, in the presence of Amr Othman, Deputy Minister of Solidarity – Director of the Fund for the Fight and Treatment of Addictions and Abuse , and Christina Albertine, the representative of the regional office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Middle East and North Africa, Issam Qaddoumi, secretary general of the Palestinian Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and of many international experts interested in the issue of the fight against drug addiction
The Minister launched the “Strong Families” and “Baraka Movement” programs in cooperation with the United Nations Office to implement national and regional activities to support and prevent young people from violence, crime and drugs in using the power of sport, art and psychosocial support to protect young people from falling into addiction, with the participation of specialists from the six participating countries The project is located in the Middle East and North Africa region , i.e. “Algeria, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya and Palestine, as well as the Arab Republic of Egypt. ”

Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Addictions and Abuse Treatment and Treatment Fund, said that the launch of this project is part of the fruitful cooperation between the countries of the region and relevant international organizations. with the drug problem, under the leadership of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and also stresses the importance of solidarity in tackling the problem of drug abuse. Its dependence on our Arab youth is the hope of the nation to shoulder its heavy burdens and direct its future in a world teeming with rapid and successive radical changes.

The Minister added that the issue of “capacity building, preparation and training of managers working in the field of drug prevention and treatment” is one of the most important challenges facing attempts to move forward with the implementation of the confrontation plans, because all the confrontation plans are suffering in the world. a shortage of coders prepared and trained in accordance with international standards in this field; This is what we need with an unconventional movement towards this dilemma, because it stems from a real concert of efforts, energies, creativity and self-sacrifice to achieve effective partnership with international organizations and leading and effective international organizations to mobilize the technical support necessary for the success of these plans, and the issue of drug control is one of the main issues currently on the table. The agenda of the Egyptian government is one of the most important priorities for development work in Egypt. This current interest is embodied in the preparation of the National Drug Demand Reduction Plan for the period 2022-2026, which has been completed by the Fund in consultation with all national partners to take mobilizing steps for collective action. multifaceted aimed at solving all problems related to drug abuse. was approved by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and will be honored by its launch by His Excellency during the celebrations of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Al-Kabbaj explained that based on a genuine belief in the centrality of tackling drug problems as an important part of the overall national development strategy, we in Egypt are in a race against the clock to achieve the development that we seek for ourselves, and we are working for this on more than one axis of upgrading the national system of confrontation with its governmental and non-governmental components, on the institutional and human level, in parallel in policy making and performance at all levels.

Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Fight and Treatment of Addictions and Abuse, signed a memorandum of cooperation with Ms. Christina Albertine, the regional representative of the Office of Nations Against Drugs and Crime in the Middle East and North Africa, to implement a regional “Youth Impact” program in which awareness-raising activities are implemented to empower young people and develop their skills. To fight against crime, violence and drugs

Al-Kabbaj affirmed Egypt’s keenness to support all international and regional efforts in this regard, and its full willingness to transfer the Egyptian experience in this field, as well as to benefit from all the developments and experiences obtained in all friendly countries, such as the Egyptian government is ready to mobilize all its expertise and technical capacities to define regional or national policies in the field of drug control, in particular on the demand side, the development of databases and information cards related to the drug problem according to age, sex, groups, geographical areas most vulnerable to the problem and the most prevalent narcotic substances, as well as the preparation, development and evaluation of drug-related media campaigns, empowering civil society and nurturing the role of voluntary work in prevention and constr uction of a culture of rejecting drugs, in addition to developing treatment and rehabilitation centers for drug-addicted patients and implementing community integration programs based on a human rights approach.

For his part, Amr Othman, Deputy Minister of Solidarity and Director of the Drug Addiction and Abuse Treatment and Treatment Fund, indicated that in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, many Activities will be implemented to support and educate young men. and girls to cope with drug addiction, crime, violence and related problems, as well as to help them enjoy their youth away from the risks posed by drugs, as well as groups at risk, to offer a safer and more vulnerable life and to be economically empowered in societies free of drugs, crime and violence, as well as those enrolled in educational institutions to participate in many drug and violence prevention activities , as well as supporting the development of youth strategies and national plans related to the effective prevention of youth against drugs, crime and violence, establishing youth-led platforms and networks, supporting young leaders and volunteers to increase community involvement, as well as the participation of young Pain addicted or at-risk drug addicts, in preventive treatment and rehabilitation programs. and rehabilitation.

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