December 2007: In the Philippines, street children as young as 6 years old sniff inhalants (rubber cement or contact cement) to subdue their hunger. The CFFI and other NGOs, in cooperation with the police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, organized on 15 December 2007 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium the biggest Christmas event ever for 3000 street children. Toys, food, clothes, and other gifts were collected to give them a holiday treat. The action was coordinated with the city health officers to carry out any necessary medical treatment. The response of the public was extremely positive.
December 2007: The representative of Mayor Lim presented Mark Ybanez Gabumpa, Chief Executive Officer of the CFFI, with a UNODC plaque for its Scuba Diving project in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and in cooperation with the Manila City Mayor and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. This project will help to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol abuse amongst youth, by using alternative programmes and addressing peer pressure.
In September 2007, the Mayor of Manila, Alfredo S. Lim, awarded the Centennial Force Foundation Inc-Luzon with a Certificate of Commendation for launching the first ever Drug-Free Marshall programme in Manila school, which encourages youths to live drug-free, and influence others by sharing with them information on the harmful effects of drugs.
June 2007: Chief Executive Officer of CFFI-Luzon holding a druglord mascot, with other NGOs staging a protest before the Court of Appeals following the release of six Chinese druglords.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Bangladesh Handing over Beyond 2008 program - Adoption of combined government and NGO program vital for anti-drug movement
"Activities will be promoted with the involvement of civil society after the preparation of the program calendar in February", Department of Narcotic Control Director General (DG) Humayun Kabir said while adopting the Beyond 2008 Declaration on Tuesday, 13 January 2009. He further said: It will bring immense benefit if the united effort of government and civil society is pursued in the light of the experiences of NGOs. He also said: Anti-drug seminars will be arranged in the 4 district towns of 4 divisions very soon. On behalf of the representatives of NGOs, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) President Kazi Rafiqul Alam handed over the declaration to DG Humayun Kabir. Kazi Rafiqul Alam said: Instead of scattered activities for drug control by the NGOs across the country, the anti-drug program can be turned into a movement with the joint efforts of NGOs and Narcotic Control Department officials at the districts level. Mass awareness will have to be created against drug addiction along with rehabilitation of drug addicts in the society through detoxification and rehabilitation program. Unless this is done, drug addicts will incite friends and relatives to take drugs which will cause further greater damage to the society. He sought total cooperation of law enforcing agencies in anti-drug activities. He added: The Beyond 2008 declaration representing more than five hundred NGOs from 116 countries across the globe will contribute greatly to the UN drug policy activities. At the time of presenting the Beyond 2008 declaration, also present were Department of Narcotic Control ADG Yousuf Ali, Director Tapan Kumar Karmakar, Deputy Director Mahbubul Karim Khan, Assistant Director Paritosh Kumar Kundu, Brother Ronald Browsan of APON, Bangladesh Youth First Concern Representative Peter Haldar, Bakul Francis Costa of BARACA, Nur Mohammad Abul Asad of Kria, Iqbal Masud, Abdur Razzak of DAM and Saiful Islam of Eskaton Modern Health Care. Iqbal Masud Senior Program Officer Dhaka Ahsania Mission.
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts important to combat crime
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts is important to combat crime. Due to easy access to drugs it has spread widely as a serious social disease. At present out of about 50 lakh drug addicts in the country, 20 thousand take drugs through syringe.
Speakers said this at the inaugural ceremony of the 3rd 40 bed free Drug Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Center of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with the financial and technical support of Family Health International at 32-34 Johnson Road of old Dhaka on 3 September 2008 (Wednesday). Speakers further said, so far with the financial and technical support of Family Health International DAM from 2005 has given free drug addiction treatment to 1459 addicts and helped their rehabilitation in old Dhaka and Mymensingh. Out of the drug addicts who received free treatment from the Mission, majority of them have returned to normal life. Meanwhile, 96 persons have been provided with jobs, technical training were given to 939 persons and 33 HIV patients have been provided with free drug addiction treatment and service. Moreover Ahsania Mission is going to start a drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centre for the female in the capital this year. The chief guest of the ceremony Home Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Sheikh Abdur Rashid inaugurated the Treatment Center. Presided over by DAM Program Director Shafiqul Islam, Family Health International Country Director Misti Mc Dowell was present as special guest and DAM Assistant Director A.K.M. Abdur Razzak, Project Manager Iqbal Masud and Family Health International Program Officer Sheikh Jahangir Hossian were present on the occasion. It may be mentioned, DAM has been operating one 100-bed treatment centre at Gazipur, one 60-bed free treatment centre at Johnson Road in old Dhaka and one 35-bed rehabilitation and treatment centre in Mymensing town. Since 1990, DAM has been conducting anti-drug activities through 402 sub committees in 150 Upazilas of 54 Districts in Bangladesh.
Bankers Forum Award 2007
Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been honoured with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2007 of the Bankers Forum. Bangladesh Bank Governor, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, handed over this award to Dhaka Ahsania Mission President, Kazi Rafiqul Alam, at a ceremony held at the SIRDAP Auditorium on 26 April 2008, in recognition of contributions in the field of social activities. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed said that the Bank and Corporate Sector will have to come forward to perform social responsibility. Profit should not be their main concern, they would also have to work for the poor people. He mentioned that in Britain there is a separate minister for social responsibility. In India also there are separate guidelines for the central bank regarding social responsibility which are ensured in big corporate houses and corporations. In our country it is not possible to implement this by mere order. He urged the banks and financial institutions to perform their social responsibility. Kazi Rafiqul Alam replied that of 30 banks, only a few have performed any social development. But the corporate bodies are not doing anything significant in the field of social obligation. He added that we want to work jointly and urged the concerned authorities to come forward in this direction. The Bankers Forum has given this Award to 6 Organizations for 2006-07 . The award winning Organization are:- Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Duch Bangla Bank, Pubali Bank, Islamia Eye Hospital, Dhaka Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
People Against Drug Dependence & Ignorance (PADDI), Nigeria 4th Conference on Tackling the Scourge of Substance Abuse, London, UK, March 2008
Some conference participants and resource persons
Resource persons (from right, Dr. Ian Oliver, Mrs Grainne Kenny (Ireland), Eze Eluchie (Nigeria), Mrs Mary Brett (England), a participant, and Dr. Julie Ikomi-Kumms (Sweden)