First meeting for the two working groups on basic quality standard validation and advanced treatment and harm reduction for Latin America was celebrated the 28th – 30th of march 2017 in Santiago (Chile).
This activity is leaded by Chile through its National on Drug Agency, National Service for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption (SENDA). It had the participation of specialist on drugs demand reduction from 15 Latin American countries as well as a representation form the bioregional network RIOD. At the same time PAHO/WHO played an active management role in the process together with CICAD/OAS.
The aim of the meeting was to start the validation process of the quality standards at the basic and advanced level in treatment and harm reduction. Fifteen Latin-American countries had stated interest in a cooperation mechanism South-South and already reached agreements during the first stage of COPOLAD Program (2011-2015).
Along the validation process two international meetings are foreseeing for each group of standards, basic and advanced ones. The first meeting will allow to coordinate the implementation of the project and its actions to make a first pilot.
Second meeting will allow evaluation and final agreement of the criteria for the countries as well as the definition of the strategies to implement those standards in each countries’ National Evaluation System.
0.1 - Establish the necessary operational bases to ensure the quality and coherence of the work to be performed and the necessary coordination and participation of all partners.
0.3 - Ensure visibility of COPOLAD and its activities and disseminate the contents in the main political and professional forums in the field of drug policies to be held both internationally and in CELAC.
2.1 - Assess existing needs in DDR, to define specific final contents of foreseen activities under Component 2, adjusting them according to different groups of countries.
2.2 - Facilitate the validation and endorsement of quality criteria agreed during C1, for programmes implemented in: prevention; treatment, harm reduction; and social (re)integration/ rehabilitation.
WGs created have assessed existing needs in DDR, to allow the definition of specific final contents for activities in Component 2, adjusting them according to different groups of countries
Validated –using a pilot implementation approach-, the quality criteria agreed during COPOLAD I, for programmes implemented in at least 2 areas of DDR
Endorsed the quality criteria agreed during C1 for DDR programmes and validated in COPOLAD II, in at least, 30% of participating CELAC countries