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Kampala – April 20 2022. National Drug Authority has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Church of Uganda (COU) in the effort to end drug and substance abuse among the population of Uganda.
This partnership with the Anglican church that has over 13 million believers coincided with the visit of Archbishop of COU – The Most Rev Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu who inspected NDA’s quality control laboratory in Mulago.
NDA has been deploying a multipronged approach including; creating and enhancing collaborations, physical and virtual engagements, use of Information Education and Communication tools and conduct of research to end drug and substance abuse, especially among the youths.
NDA has been working with COU especially with the Northern Uganda Diocese and this MOU will widen her collaboration with COU that is affiliated with several other institutions including schools, universities and media platforms.
Faith-based institutions are well-positioned to reach almost all Ugandans as most Ugandans have a religious inclination.
The COU for a long time has exhibited strong stand against drug and substance abuse its teachings and this MOU will synergize NDA and the COU capabilities to reach many more Ugandans with the message of preventing drug and substance abuse.
NDA has been working with key institutions like the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Internal Affairs, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Institutions of learning (including secondary and tertiary), Community Based Organizations to create awareness about drug and substance abuse that continues to pose serious challenges to health as it is the biggest contributor to the spike in mental illness and negatively impacts on social and economic well-being of young people in Uganda.
Uganda signed and ratified the United Nations (UN) Narcotic Convention and Uganda has a narcotic law passed in April 2015 which all criminalize substance abuse.
As the drug regulator, NDA is committed to safeguarding the appropriate use of drugs as a way of promoting and protecting healthcare as emphasized by the National Drug Policy and Authority Act Cap 2000.
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