23rd November 2019
With a young population of over 135 million, Pakistan has a youth bulge to which it has to provide a healthy environment in the interest of the country’s future. Proliferation of drugs and the ensuing menace of drug addiction is eating the fabric of our society – the youth and taking away the healthy development of the young generation. This is a national crisis of a scale more intense than other health outbreaks, contributing an extra on the public health departments like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other related diseases.
To develop immediate strategies to address these concerns, the Ministry of Narcotics Control constituted the National Drug Prevention Advisory Committee – NDPAC chaired by the Minister for Narcotics and Drug Control Mr. Shehryar Afridi in October 2019. The NDPAC in its first meeting further set up three sub-committees on prevention/ awareness, law enforcement and rehabilitation and mental well-being with the key tasks to identify major policy, practice and implementation gaps, propose areas for attention and suggest solutions, and develop a plan of action for enforcement.
Mrs. Cristina von Sperling Afridi was appointed as the Chair of the Sub-Committee on prevention/ awareness. NDPAC Sub-Committee on Prevention and Awareness will focus on:
November 23, 2019
List of Participants:
|1.||Mrs. Cristina von Sperling Afridi||Head of the Committee|
|2.||Mrs. Lubna Ghani Hayauddin||Member|
|3.||Ms. Maliha Khawaja||Member|
|4.||Mrs. Ayeza Yazdani Abid||Member|
|5.||Mr. Osman Mirza||Member|
|6.||Dr Parveen Azam||Member|
|Ms. Farwa Zafar
Ms. Sana Mehmud
|9.||Dr. Arif Afridi||Observer|
|10.||Mr. Sam Afridi||Observer|
|11.||Mr. Faisal Latif||Observer|
|12.||Ms. Sanila Javed||Observer|
Key Action Points for Follow-Up
The 1st Sub-Committee on Prevention/Awareness of the National Drug Prevention Advisory Committee (NDPAC) was held in Islamabad on Saturday November 23, 2019.
The meeting sought to identify major policy, practice and implementation gaps related to narcotic and drug use in Pakistan, propose areas for attention, suggest solutions, and develop a plan of action for implementation.
Key Action Points for Follow-up
The agenda items presented were well received by all participants as given in the discussion note prepared for this workshop. The importance of solutions that will work and make a difference was noted. Why things are not working and show how they can work better is a way forward.
Four Sub-committees to develop detailed proposals to develop the final working paper of this sub-committee were formed covering:
|i. Awareness and education institutions||Maliha Khawaja
Lubna Ghani Hayauddin
|ii. Rehabilitation||Dr Parveen Azam
|iii. Legislative frameworks||Farwa Zafar
|iv. Sports||Sana Mahmud|
The committee members will work around the key action points noted below in preparing their papers. Cristina Afridi and Faisal Latif to coordinate with the four sub-committees and with Majid Rafiq for campaign strategy
Following are key points put forth for action:
1. Priorities for Educational Institutions
2. Awareness Campaign
4. Policy on private rehabilitation centers
5. Legislative Frameworks