Developing Public Health Policies to Respond to the Drug Problem
March 3 - 5, 2015 - Antigua, Guatemala

Demand Reduction Workshop


On 3-5 March 2015, the Drug Demand Reduction Section of CICAD, in coordination with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), held a workshop in Antigua, Guatemala. The objective of the Workshop, titled "A Reference Framework for the Development of Public Policies with a Public Health Focus to Address Drug Consumption," was to analyze and discuss, in a manner rooted in scientific evidence, the viability of OAS Member States adapting and implementing empirically effective public health demand reduction methods to optimize the health and wellbeing of the countries' populations. 

DR/CICAD invited regional experts and official representatives from Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Uruguay, RIOD, PAHO, and the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA) to identify essential thematic areas in the development of public policies. The working groups determined the following areas should be covered in the CICAD-PAHO consensus document when considering development, implementation, and monitoring of public policies: 1. Promotion of Health and Prevention; 2. Treatment and Rehabilitation; 3. Social Integration, linked with prevention and treatment; 4. and under a public health focus, identify transecting common components of all of the aforementioned areas.

This Public Health Policy Reference Framework Workshop follows up on the issues and themes of the First Sub-Regional Forum with Mexico and Central America (10-11 June 2014) and the Second Sub-Regional Forum with Mexico and Central America (3-5 December 2014). Under the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between CICAD and PAHO to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations to promote the development of public health policies in the area of drug demand reduction throughout the hemisphere, these fora were held to identify "state of the art" national health systems for addressing the drug problem through a public health perspective, as well as to define training profiles, competencies, and needs of national public health systems of OAS-PAHO-COMISCA Member States.

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