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Afghanistan Receives €16 Million From the EU Towards Mental Health & Drug Use Disorder Services

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

The European Union announced on Wednesday the allocation of some €16 million to improve the increasing access towards mental health and drug disorder services to the vulnerable populations in Afghanistan.

Drug use and the massive social and health problems associated with it have been critical challenges in Afghanistan over the years, adversely affecting the lives of the most marginalized segments of society. These consequences include drug-related deaths, unemployment, stigmatization, rape, crime, and violence.

To address drug use and its related disorders in Afghanistan, the EU, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime and the interim regime of Afghanistan need to collaborate and come up with comprehensive strategies. Considering the dire economic situation and the massive unemployment and crime rate in war-ravaged Afghanistan, it is beyond one single entity’s capacity to tackle the aforementioned issues at a national level. Therefore, an integrated and joined approach will bear some positive results in this regard.

Dr. Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in Afghanistan, stated that “drug use disorders need to be considered primarily as health problems rather than criminal behaviors. The EU funding will enable us to provide an effective and integrated drug treatment program that focuses on the physical, mental, social, psychological, and economic well-being of the vulnerable populations,”.

Raffaella Iodice, EU Chargée d’Affaires a.i. and Deputy Head of Delegation to Afghanistan reiterated the continued assistance of the EU to the most vulnerable segments of the people in Afghanistan including women, girls, religious minorities, internally displaced persons, and refugees. The EU aid will be facilitated through UN agencies or non-governmental organizations.

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