Mon, 13 Sep 2021 - 10:52 GMT
Addiction - File
CAIRO – 13 September 2021: A delegation from the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime visited Cairo to transfer the Egyptian experience in treating and rehabilitating addicted patients to Iraq.
The Fund for Combating and Treating Addiction and Abuse, headed by Minister of Social Solidarity and Chairman of the Fund’s Board of Directors Dr. Nevine al-Qabbaj received the delegation Monday to discuss the Egyptian experience and its awareness programs in this regard.
Assistant Minister of Solidarity and the director of the fund Amr Othman held a meeting with the delegation, where he presented the most important pillars of the Fund's work in the field of treating addiction patients and implementing preventive programs to protect young people from falling into addiction.
The delegation included Ali Al-Barer, Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the State of Iraq, Mirna Bou Habib, Deputy Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
During the meeting, the delegation of the United Nations conveyed their greetings to Dr. Nevine Al-Qabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Combating and Treatment of Addiction and Abuse, expressing their hope for joint cooperation between the United Nations Office, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Fund for Combating and Treatment of Addiction and Abuse.
The meeting came a few days after a meeting between Dr. Ghada Wali, Under-secretary General of the United Nations, and E Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, and three delegations from the State of Iraq, where Dr. Wali suggested the Iraqi state refers to the Egyptian experience in light of reducing the demand for drugs.
The delegation of the United Nations Office was briefed on the mechanisms of the work of the hotline "16023," and how to receive calls from patients and their families to treat them for free and in complete secrecy.
The hotline provided treatment services to more than 88,000 addiction patients over the first eight months of 2021, including calls to seek treatment, follow-up and other advices.