Uganda suffers severe drug related problems but generally lacks treatment for those in the low social economic category. This project will empower the underprivileged families (most affected) and communities with skills necessary for overcoming addiction and to enable their overall improvement in the quality of life. The project will run camps to offer medical and psycho social services (brief interventions) to alcohol and drug addicts in poor rural communities of the 4 worst affected districts
Uganda suffers worst alcohol related negative personal & social consequences world wide (Graham, 2011), including but not limited to; crime, traffic fatalities, violence & family collapse, unsafe sex hence HIV/AIDS/pregnancies, academic failure & alcohol use disorders (AUD). 75% AUD patients report abuse of hard drugs but majority are not treated. Selected districts report rampant effects & lead in harboring "high risk" groups such as sex workers, long-distance truck drivers, and urban youth.
Activities will of the project will include; Prevention: Interactive radio programmes and development and dissemination of Information materials. Rehabilitation: Medical Camps for brief intervention (Detox and motivational therapy), HIV testing and counseling and referral for treatment for severe cases. Capacity building: continuing medical education, peer educators training and family/community meetings.
The project will reach 5,012 people outside catchment areas of current services. Through increased knowledge levels and treatment of affected people, a decline in alcohol and drug abuse, followed by improved quality of life for the affected families and improved capacity to deal with substance abuse cases in the communities is anticipated,