Within the research project SOLID (social work and strengthening NGOs in development cooperation to treat drug addiction), PhD students, PostDocs and Scientific Coordinators from Central Asia are to be enabled to participate in the yearly colloquium in Germany. Unfortunately, the partners from Shanghai are still not able to travel due to the COVID19 restrictions. The researchers who are interested in several topics of dealing with drug disorders will have the opportunity to get an impression of social work and the social institutions for people who use drugs in Frankfurt. The program “Social work and strengthening NGOs in development cooperation to treat drug addiction“ (SOLID) of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is a jointly developed research program on the influence of social work on the prevention and treatment of drug addiction with a special focus on role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The program was developed in cooperation with universities that teach social work/social medicine in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the People's Republic of China. Central Asia/China is confronted with a growing drug problem. Social work with drug dependents is not offered either in university training or in practice. The well-being of those affected also depends on the psychosocial support offered and the reduction of stigmatization and marginalization, so that social work measures in particular represent an important component in dealing with this.
For this purpose, the scientists will form a research group by exchange of their ideas at this Colloquium. The expected results of the research cooperation will contribute to the establishment and expansion of large regional networks. At the same time, the expertise in the context of university responses to the problem of drug addiction/therapy is intended to strengthen the health discussion in these states, including politics and civil society. Now there is an opportunity to get to know about the state-of-the-art of the dissertations with the focus of health and prevention and treatment of drug addiction more precisely.
The participants of the colloquium will afterward take part at the Lisbon Addiction Conference.
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See the conference & SOLID 2022 Colloquim report here.