In May 2019, CICAD and the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase their cooperation and technical assistance in the field. The ICUDDR named CICAD as its Regional Coordinating Center for drug demand reduction activities in universities and other educational institutions in OAS member states in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum will lead to greater coordination of research, training, and international cooperation in drug demand reduction in the region.

CICAD’s Demand Reduction Unit has been working since 2016 to create a network of universities in OAS member states to facilitate collaboration and communication between CICAD and universities and other educational institutions in the Western Hemisphere. 

Objectives
  • Facilitate collaboration and communication between CICAD and Western Hemisphere universities and other educational institutions to conduct coordinated research, training and international cooperation activities in the field of drug demand reduction.
  • Promote cooperation and technical assistance in the areas of research, training, and international cooperation on drug demand reduction among universities in the Western Hemisphere, including the dissemination of evidence-based practices in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. 
  • Promote science-based education in OAS member states, and develop interdisciplinary courses in substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • Disseminate from the academic field, evidence-based practices in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.
Activities
  • Definition of strategic lines of research on drug demand reduction for the region, in coordination with the universities that are part of the Consortium.
  • Development of an exchange program for students, teachers and specialists among the universities that are part of the Consortium.
  • Development by the universities of projects designed to address drug use problems among different populations, using an interdisciplinary community approach.
  • Training of university teaching staff based on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) and the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).
  • Providing advisory services and curriculum guidelines for the formal adoption of academic content and training programs in drug demand reduction.
  • Linking training programs in drug demand reduction with specific problems in each country, and promoting the development of community-based activities as part of the universities’ social outreach activities.
More Results
Results
Hemispheric network of 66 universities from 17 member states, with active membership in the International Consortium of Universities
Active and sustained participation of the universities in global and regional drug demand reduction activities
Recognition by the universities of the importance of including the topic of drug demand reduction in their social and health sciences courses
Increased number of new courses and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of drug demand reduction
Beneficiary Countries
Argentina
Argentina
Brazil
Brazil
Chile
Chile
Colombia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Ecuador
El Salvador
El Salvador
Grenada
Grenada
Guatemala
Guatemala
Honduras
Honduras
Jamaica
Jamaica
Mexico
Mexico
Panama
Panama
Paraguay
Paraguay
Peru
Peru
Uruguay
Uruguay
Team
Jimena Kalawski
Chief of the Demand Reduction Unit
Alfonso Abarca
Specialist
José Luis Vazquez
Specialist
Andrea Escobar
Senior Program Officer
Isabella Araújo
Senior Program Officer
María Virginia García
Program Officer
Strategic Partners