EU-ACT project, focused on long-term sustainable accomplishments in Drug Policy field in Georgia, has supported the initiative of Ministry of Justice of Georgia to draft the country’s first ever National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse for 2021-2026. The author of the 45 pages document is Georgian non-key expert, Professor of Ilia State University Ms. Darejan (Jana) Javakhishvili.
The National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse for 2021-2026 covers all important components necessary to implement long-term preventative activities related to substance abuse on national and institutional level in Georgia. The first part of the strategy involves conceptual framework, strategic purpose, goals and principles for prevention of substance abuse. The second part of the document covers priority directions of prevention strategy, role and responsibilities of different Georgian governmental agencies involved in substance abuse prevention, efficiency indicators and time framework for specific priorities.
The NKE whilst drafting the strategy document has organised two workshops where representatives of different governmental agencies, EU-ACT project, academia and civil society had opportunity to present their thoughts, comments and ideas to the expert about prevention strategy. Two half day workshops aimed to brainstorm on prevention strategy were hosted by Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
The finalised National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse has been submitted to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia on 2nd April, 2020. The further plan for the EU-ACT project is to translate the National Prevention Strategy on Substance Abuse in English language in the coming month so that the project ensures international peer review of the document by the experts from the European Union.
EU-ACT project funded by the European Commission and implemented by FIIAPP actively supports Drug Policy Development in Georgia. In this regard, the project previously supported the capacity building of the Psychosocial Service Centre of the Office of the Resource Officers of Educational Institutions through cycle of trainings in Motivational Interviewing. The project trained up to 30 specialists in the field and will also continue their mentoring throughout this year.