Initial assessment of national peculiarities of the drug problem in Kazakhstan


On January 25-26, a group of experts from the National Center on Prevention of Addictions (Poland) conducted an initial assessment mission in Kazakhstab. Janusz Sieroslavsky and Boguslawa Bukowska arrived in Kazakhstan to identify national peculiarities of the drug problem and review current prevention activities.

Polish experts conducted multilateral meeting which included presentation and discussion of  proposals of prevention strategies and their relevancy to the Central Asia cultural context. Three areas were covered: guidelines (manual) for selective prevention program addressed to women and vulnerable groups (young, migrants and other vulnerable people); educational package for intervention focused on stigma reduction; core curriculum on drug prevention for post-graduated training addressed to prevention specialists. Representatives of partner state institutions as well as non-governmental organisations  joined the discussions. The meeting provided the opportunity to build national team and to facilitate interagency cooperation.