Improving Human Security by Drug Abuse Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Cambodia
February 25, 2005
- On February 25 (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 1,176,001 dollar (approximately 121,130,000 yen) assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security in financing the project "Drug Abuse Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services" to be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Cambodia.
- The project aims at focusing on families and communities under the threats of increasing drug addiction as well as rising transmission of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne diseases through needle sharing and lack of preventive knowledge. The project will primarily target regions of Phnom Penh, Battambang and Poipet where drug abuse is seriously prevalent. The project includes the following activities:
(1) Setting up counseling, treatment and rehabilitation centres as model interventions (2) Training counselors to implement models/new protocols (3) Implementing counseling, treatment and rehabilitation to people using illicit drugs
- The project is expected to reduce drug abuse among street children, sex workers, fishers, van drivers, young solders etc., to improve the capacity of Cambodian healthcare services for the people using illicit drugs, both at the governmental and non-governmental level, and also to empower and improve the lives of the targeted communities.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted many projects of UN agencies funds and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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