Dr. Abdullah Wardak to lead the Colombo Plan, Kabul Office
Kabul: Dr. Abdullah Wardak, a veteran leader in the Drug Demand Reduction scenario in Afghanistan took charge as the Chief Officer and head of the Colombo Plan, Kabul Office in May 2012.
He was the founder of the Drug Demand Reduction Department in the Ministry of Public Health and was serving as its Director when he assumed his new job. Colombo Plan manages several Drug Demand Reduction programs in Afghanistan including drug prevention and treatment projects.
“Effective DDR programmes should include strong preventive and managerial measures in order to better address critical issues”, says Dr. Wardak who shared his vision for a comprehensive DDR package including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
As Chief Officer for the Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) in the Colombo Plan, Kabul, Dr. Wardak will serve as head of office and the in-country point of contact for DAP projects in Afghanistan. Dr. Wardak, with his 13 years of experience in DDR programs and over 7 years as the Director of the DDR department in MoPH, possess many credentials, certificates and honors from national and international levels. He has developed several community-based and camp approaches in extending treatment facilities to the drug dependents in remotest villages and initiated treatment centers with the help of International Organizations.
“The support you provided to the DDR sector in Afghanistan is invaluable and we all benefitted enormously in working with you”, said Jean-Luc Lamahieu, the regional representative of UNODC in his congratulatory note to Dr. Wardak on his appointment in Colombo Plan.
The Colombo Plan manages 33 Drug treatment centers in 16 provinces of Afghanistan, 10 Outreach centers, village based treatment project, drug rehabilitation project in Afghanistan besides a number of drug prevention programs. It operates 26 Mosque-Based Drug Prevention Centers in 24 provinces, Counter Narcotics Public Information (CNPI) Campaign in 26 provinces to discourage poppy cultivation, Transit Shelter for Women and Girls Victims of Gender-Based Violence, Implementation of Drug Preventive Education in Afghan Schools.