Drug-Free Africa (DFA) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that exists to promote Safe and Drug Abuse Free African Communities through collective impact models, evidence-based prevention interventions, Strategic Prevention Framework, and cultural competency to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment, and public health services in Africa. Areas of focus; education, research, advocacy, and Networking.
Around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, which is 30 per cent more than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders. Drug use increased far more rapidly among developing countries over the 2000-2018 period than in developed countries.
Poorer people face a greater risk of drug use disorders: Rising unemployment and reduced opportunities caused by COVID 19 pandemic are also likely to disproportionately affect the poorest, making them more vulnerable to drug use and also to drug trafficking and cultivation in order to earn money. Limited education and social marginalization may increase the risk of drug use disorders and exacerbate the consequences. Adolescents and young adults account for the largest share of those using drugs, while young people are also the most vulnerable to the effects of drugs because they use the most and their brains are still developing. (VIENNA, 25 June 2020)
Drug-Free Africa exists to promote the implementation of Prevention strategies based on scientific evidence working with families, schools, and communities which can ensure that children and youth, especially the most marginalized and poor, grow and stay healthy and safe into adulthood and old age. For every dollar spent on prevention, at least ten can be saved in the future health, social, and crime costs.
Mr. Tumuhirwe Ezra Napoleon (ICAP I) is a Drug Demand Reduction Consultant and Founder of Drug-Free Africa, Peer Recovery Support Services Master Trainer, UTC, and UPC National Trainer. Ezra holds degrees in Information Technology, MA Leadership, and MA Counseling Psychology (Candidate). Contact: Mobile: +256772837115 Email: email@example.com
Dr David Basangwa – MBCHB, M.MED (Psychiatry), DPAM. Senior Consultant Psychiatry, Retired as Executive Director Butabika National Referral Mental Health Hospital
Dr. Nazarius Tumwesigye is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Makerere University. He holds degrees B. Stat, MA(Demo), MSc (Medical statistics) and Ph.D. with bias in social Statistics
To promote Safe and Drug Abuse Free African Communities through collective impact models, evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions, Strategic Prevention Framework, and cultural competency
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