The University’s Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) Prevention and Control committee and staff from other departments have commenced a five-day training at the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center.
The week-long training which commenced February 14, 2022, is organized by the University and will see officials from the National Authority for the Campaign against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NACADA) based in Nyeri County, build the capacity of the University’s ADA Prevention and Control Committee and other staff on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse at home, school, workplace and the community at large.
The training initiative aims to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse, thus minimizing its negative effects particularly among the youth population.
Speaking when he officially opened the training, the Chairman of ADA Prevention and Control Committee, Rev. Dr. James Wakaba, said drug and substance abuse has been on the rise in recent years with the youth bearing the brunt emphasizing the need to have more ADA prevention and control ambassadors to help safeguard the future of youths.
“This training will build the capacity of participants in understanding and eventually implementing evidence-based interventions. It will be an important step towards reducing the prevalence of ADA thus mitigating negative effects on the university community and its environs, Dr. Wakaba, said.
He further stated that the training is in line with the Kenya Government directive for members in the ADA prevention and control committee undergoing the training, to ensure they are effectively placed to put in place effective measures to address ADA in the institution.
“I want to thank the University Management in organizing this important platform for the committee as well as other staff. This training will help participants have a broader understanding on the challenges in ADA and how to effectively deal with them,” Dr. Wakaba observed.
While conducting a training session on facts about drugs, Mr. Andrew Githui, a Programme Education and Advocacy Officer at NACADA, called upon the trainees to use the training’s information to impact the community positively.
“The youth are essentially the leaders of today. If we are to ensure they practice drug abstinence, we will cultivate a healthy and productive life ensuring they realize their full potential,” Mr. Githui noted.
He said, a lot needed to be done if we are to make sufficient progress in the fight against ADA, further calling for synergy between NACADA and other stakeholders notably, institutions of higher learning in curbing the menace of alcohol, drug and substance abuse.
The seventeen participants will be taken through facts about drugs, ADA and HIVAIDs, role of workplace in prevention of ADA, important setting for drug use prevention, substance use prevention programs and policies and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) International standards on Evidence based policies and prevention programs.
After the training, the participants are expected to review the workplace ADA prevention and management policy which describes the institution’s stand on how they will address ADA issues as per the guidelines provided by NACADA.