The UIPHP has joined a large-scale international project, which involves the creation of the first multidisciplinary Addiction Technology Transfer Center in Ukraine.
The main goal of the Center will be to increase the level of knowledge and competences in the area of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for people with drug-induced disorders in health protection, social, legal and penitentiary systems. It is the response of the international professional community to the challenge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the worldwide increase in the problem of psychoactive substances use and spreading of other addictions.
One of the first steps of the project's implementation was the creation of the Advisory Board of the Ukrainian section of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Konstantin Dumchev ‑ the science director of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy is a member of the Board. During the meeting in Kyiv, on March 14-15, representatives of the Board discussed the main goals and priorities for the current year.
The project is implemented in Ukraine with the support of the The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Social Services of the Federal Government in the framework of the project "President's International Emergency Plan for AIDS Reduction and the establishment of Centers for the Detection of Dependence Technology Technologies". The project aims to expand the existing Addiction Technology Transfer Centers network in the United States and create 3 new international centers in Southeast Asia, South Africa, as well as in Ukraine. The creation of such a center is entrusted to the University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, and the Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application. The hosting organization for the Center in Ukraine is the Ukrainian Research Institute of Social and Forensic Psychiatry and Substance Abuse of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.