The Drug Situation in Central Asia and Effective Responses: The New Phase of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) of the European Union
02 June 2011
UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Speaker: Ingo Ilja Michels
Date: 2 June 2011, 4 PM
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
(The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff)
Central Asian countries are experiencing increased drug abuse and related problems such as the threat of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis among injecting drug users. The Action Plan on Drugs between the European Union (EU) and the Central Asian states (2009-13) acknowledges the shared commitment to address drug-related concerns, intensify cooperation and provide assistance in drug prevention and treatment.
However several challenges exist. There is an urgent need for information sharing and training in psycho-social support and new methods of psychotherapy and implementing and scaling-up of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Common documentation systems do not work, and neither national nor regional monitoring and evaluation systems exist. Although detoxification and short term inpatient treatment facilities exist within primary care systems, only limited out-patient treatment facilities work.
There is limited access to Opiate Substitution Treatment with Methadone and only limited co-operation of HIV and hepatitis prevention services for injecting drug users and addiction treatment centres. The EU-financed Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) aims to support further qualification and trainings in psychotherapeutic methods for brief interventions, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and social rehabilitation and MAT. This lecture will present early experiences in this process.
Dr. Ingo Ilja Michels is Project Leader of the EU Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP) at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusamenarbeit (GIZ) Regional Office in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. A sociologist and advisor for treatment of drug dependency, Dr. Michels has served as Head of the Drugs and Prison projects department of the German AIDS-Hilfe in Berlin, as Drug Commissioner of the Federal State of Bremen, Germany, and as Head of the Office of the Federal Drug Commissioner, Federal Ministry of Health in Berlin, Germany. More recently, Dr. Michels was a free-lance advisor for drug services in China and Guest Professor in the Department of Sociology/Social Work at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. In 2007 he worked as a Consultant for the German International Development Organization GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit – Association for Technical Cooperation) on “HIV prevention among injecting drug users through harm reduction capacity building and advocacy” in Vietnam, Ukraine and Pakistan. Dr. Michels has published widely in international journals on substance use.
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.