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DRUG RESISTANCE EDUCATION:

        DAIRRC has conceived, developed and executed a specific intervention strategy targeted at school children in the sixth standard. This program is based on the fact that merely making students aware of the dangers of drug abuse is not enough to deter them from fatal experimentation with substances of abuse.

        Every year the DRUG RESISTANCE EDUCATION program reaches out to over 6000 school children, imparted by 100 trained volunteers. This project was initiated in 1992, with a 100% grant from The Commission of The European Communities. The grant was subsequently continued by The Commission of The European Communities for a further two years under Project Number D-IID- 90/44B.
This project entails an annual expenditure of Rs 650,000 (Rupees six hundred and fifty thousand only).

            The DAIRRC-Narconon Drug Resistance Education Project in 2002,  was a collaboration between DAIRRC and Narconon International, USA, to impart the DAIRRC-Narconon Drug Resistance Education skills among college youth.

            Dr. Merchant initiated the School-based Teenage Education Program in 2002-2003. This was a collaboration between DAIRRC and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, USA. STEP is a School-Based Program for HIV Prevention Education in Mumbai, India, and is the Concept for a World AIDS Foundation Study.

            The above pilot STEP project was then adapted and finalized to be conducted as a Life skills Training Programme for Social Awareness, including Alcohol and HIV Prevention, amongst 8th / 9th standard students, in a total of 150 schools during the period 2004 - 2008. The project was a collaboration between DAIRRC and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, of Yeshiva University, USA.

            The School-based Teenage Education Programme, is based on the premise that "Prevention of Risky Behaviour is more effective than Cure of problems, later in life," and that successful eradication of a lot of Behavioural problems is possible through Preventive Intervention, targeted at children, "before they make a mistake."
CONFERENCES/ SEMINARS/ WORKSHOPS ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIV:
       DAIRRC, in association with UNAIDS, United Nations Drug Control Programme, National AIDS Control Organisation and the Ministry of Health, Government of India, had hosted Hope 2000, International Conference on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS, in India at the Taj President Hotel, Mumbai from the 7th to 9th November 2000.
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        DAIRRC, in association with United Nations Drug Control Programme, and National AIDS Control Organisation of the Government of India, had hosted Hope 2002, International Conference on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS, in India at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai from the 1st to 3rd December 2002.
        DAIRRC, in association with the Planning Commission, Government of India, had hosted Hope 2005, International Conference on HIV/AIDS, Alcohol/ Drug Abuse, Environment, Population & Human Rights, in India at the Taj President Hotel, Mumbai from the 3rd to 5th  November 2005.
        DAIRRC, in association with the Planning Commission (SER Division), Government of India, National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment,  Government of India, and with partial support from the Govt. of India - WHO collaborative programme, had hosted Hope 2008, International Conference on HIV/AIDS, Alcohol/ Drug Abuse, Environment, Population & Human Rights, in India at the Taj President Hotel, Mumbai from the 10th to 12th  October 2008.
        Since 1983 DAIRRC has conducted seminars/workshops for Substance Abuse (3000) and HIV (253), all over India. Workshop beneficiaries include Police personnel (Jr. and Senior Management), Customs and Excise officials, students from graduate and post graduate institutions, Non-Governmental organisations, labour union personnel, taxi and truck drivers, commercial sex workers etc. These awareness programmes have reached out to more than one million people.

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STREET CORNER MEETINGS FOR DRUGS & HIV AWARENESS:
        DAIRRC has, since 1985, organised direct communication with slum and pavement dwellers in Mumbai city and it's peripheral townships. Mumbai has a population of 12.5 million. Of these, 55% live in slums or on the pavements. Lack of organised activity amongst this population coupled with illiteracy, makes this target group unable to be reached easily. A direct communication on AIDS & DRUGS is possible with street corner meetings. D.A.I.R.R.C. has conducted 3000 workshops (on Substance Abuse) and 253 workshops (for HIV awareness). Meetings for the perod 1993 - 1996 were sponsored by The Commission of The European Communities.
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FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS:
       Over 450 Focus Group Discussions have been conducted by D.A.I.R.R.C. This is part of D.A.I.R.R.C.'s evaluation of it's projects / strategies to combat HIV/ DRUGS.
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       FREE DETOXIFICATION OF OVER 20,000 DRUG ADDICTS, SINCE 1982. 84% heroin addicts 7% Prescribed Medication abuse, 9% others including cocaine, solvents, glue, typing ink erasers, petrol etc.
DAIRRC
President: Dr.Yusuf Merchant
Registered Office: H-1, Sitaram Building, Palton Road, Mumbai 400 001, INDIA.

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