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Dianova International
Description: International network of 24 NGOs operating in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa working in the health and social sectors. One of our main fields of work is the prevention and treatment of addictions from a grassroots level (we run around 30 outpatient and residential centres) and the advocacy level. We have ECOSOC special consultative status and work at the United Nations level, the European Union, Organization of American States and other regional and thematic platforms. Dianova is committed to the 2030 Agenda and civl society participation in international organisations.
Address: Pasaje Pintor Serra Santa 15 A, 1- 3 08860 Castelldefels Spain
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Drug Policies and addictions
Dianova contributes to the development of individuals, communities and organizations through its social, health, and humanitarian programmes
Institutional Relations
posted by Dianova International on 2020-07-28 14:42:35
HLPF 2020 HLPF 2020: Accelerated action and transformative pathways for the decade of action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) More information:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-07-28 14:38:59
The Next Normal Unesco’s ‘the next normal’ campaign questions our ideas about what is normal, suggesting that we have accepted the unacceptable for far too long. More information here:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-07-28 14:37:11
“We Are Part of the Solution” A statement of civil society at UNODC’s event on the impact of COVID on the world drug situation. More information:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-07-28 14:33:49
A brief summary of the six booklets of the United Nations World Drug Report 2020: key findings and policy implications. More Information: A brief summary of the six booklets of the United Nations World Drug Report 2020: key findings and policy implications
posted by Dianova International on 2020-06-22 08:47:00
Time to Recognize Addiction Services as Essential Services In order to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on June 26, Dianova launches an international campaign to raise awareness of the need that addiction services be on par with other healthcare services and that they be given similar levels of attention and support. Please help us disseminate the message and promote the necessary changes to make it happen. What can you do? Visit our campaign’s web page where you will find detailed information downloadable communication materials in 7 languages here You can support the campaign including the twibbon in your profile photo on Twitter and Facebook. You can find out how to do so here Thank you for joining and sharing this campaign
posted by Dianova International on 2020-04-01 19:48:00
Facing the Covid-19 Outbreak in the Dianova network. Most of our members continue to offer direct care services to their beneficiaries, while adapting their activities to the pandemic. Read more:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-04-01 19:46:13
Covid-19 : Challenges for Residential Facilities. People with substance use disorders, as well as the homeless and other highly marginalized people in general, have a number of risk factors for developing Covid-19 infection. All centres must now adapt their functioning in order to preserve the health of their patients and professional teams through the recommended social distancing and other prevention measures. Read more:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-04-01 19:43:36
Dianova Chile Best Practices Online. Dianova Chile implemented an online training program aimed at over 800 professionals from public, territorial, and third-sector organizations from several countries. Read more:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-04-01 19:41:33
Drugs and the Media. On 4 March 2020, we organised a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs entitled, “The Media, a Key Actor in the Field of Drugs”. The side event had an exceptional panel, who addressed the subject matter from different points of view. First, Rebecca Jesseman from the CCSA, focused on the importance of the language used by the communications media when it comes to stigmatising people who use drugs and when referring to this overall issue. Read more:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-04-01 19:38:38
For more than a decade Dianova has been participating in the sessions of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs as a representative of civil society. Side events, Dianova actively participated in three of them: “The media, a key factor in the field of drugs” “Barriers to accessing treatment and recovery” “Treatment based on evidence as an integral part of the health system”, an event co-sponsored by Dianova. Read more:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-03-12 19:48:45
Dianova submitted a written statement calling for greater coordination to harness the power of the media to these ends. Download it here:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-03-12 19:45:30
PsychoFlamenco Workshops The PsychoFlamenco workshops were created to support therapeutic work with persons with substance use disorders, women who are suffering or have suffered gender-based violence and men who inflict it. Those of us who work in the field of addictions know that these issues intersect and feed off each other. Red more here:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-03-03 08:56:15
Press realease Dianova Participates in the 63rd Session of the CND 3 events to be co-organized by the NGO on issues including: The media, a key actor in the field of drugs . (Wednesday, March 4th, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – Room M7). The obstacles women face when seeking treatment for substance use disorders. (Tuesday, March 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. – room MOE). The integration of evidence-based addiction treatment programmes in health system. (Wednesday, March 4, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. – room A). Read full press release:
posted by Dianova International on 2020-02-24 10:28:47
UN System Common Position on Drugs. On behalf of Dianova, we welcome the adoption of the UN Common Position on Drugs and would like to encourage its dissemination and full implementation. This document can be a valuable tool for the advocacy work of civil society organizations and can help to promote drug policies that are not only more effective but also more humane. Red more
posted by Dianova International on 2020-01-15 11:10:40
The United Nations launches 75th anniversary dialogues: The biggest global conversation on the world’s future starts now. Join the Conversation. Be the Change. #UN75
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:13:59
Addiction and Gender Stereotypes. While men and women are not equal when it comes to addiction, gender representations are a major vulnerability factor in women
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:11:19
“I Couldn’t Live without Alcohol” After experiencing child marriage, Bhavna eloped with another man before ending up with a drinking problem. She struggled with addiction for years before leading a satisfying life with her children in India
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:08:52
Gender-Sensitive Perspective and Addiction Treatment The lack of a gender sensitive approach in addiction services contributes to the invisibilization of women
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:07:08
The Female Experience of Addiction. Women experience addictive behaviours differently than men, it is therefore urgent to re-evaluate current modalities of support, prevention and treatment
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:04:04
66th Regular Session of CICAD During the CICAD meeting in Miami, the Dianova representative urged the OAS countries to implement measures to end the stigma.
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-26 11:01:29
Empowering Girls in India! Growing up in the streets of India is no easy job, especially for girls. In Delhi, the Pardabagh Centre is dedicated to changing girls’ lives through empowering education.
posted by Dianova International on 2019-12-09 09:20:42
Press Release - Civil Society Urges European Parliament to Make Drug Policy a Priority and fund drug policies based on evidence and human rights. Red press release:
posted by Dianova International on 2019-11-25 16:45:39
Dianova Says: “Empower Women, Empower Society” Dianova launches the third phase of its “Human Empowerment” campaign and highlights the link between addiction and violence against women. Press release “Empower women, empower society” is the closing motto of the short video that spearheads the third phase of Dianova’s Human Empowerment campaign. Started on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June 2019), the campaign revives on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 26 November. Until Human Rights Day, on 10 December, the Dianova Network will emphasize the relationship between violence against women and substance use. Red press release English -
posted by Dianova International on 2019-11-13 10:10:15
Civil Society and Drug Policy Briefing paper to support the advocacy work of civil society organizations in European drug policy. The European Union Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSFD), the European Commission’s expert group comprising 45 civil society organizations published at the end of 2018 an Information document on EU drug policy, the EU Action Plan and the need for civil society participation. Red more:
posted by Dianova International on 2019-10-30 13:40:12
Working Together to Prevent Suicide. By María Victoria Espada. As a member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health, Dianova is sponsoring an event dedicated to suicide prevention the celebration of World Mental Health Day, which is held on the 10th of October. Red more:
posted by Dianova International on 2019-10-30 13:31:03
Recognizing Problems to Better Solve Them. By Lucía Goberna The Ministerial Declaration, the highest-level document approved in March 2019, is intended to guide the international community’s drug policies. In the same document, the situation of the last ten years is taken into account and it is explicitly recognized that although some tangible progress has been achieved, some worrisome challenges remain, as reflected in this document. Red more :
posted by Dianova International on 2019-10-25 11:23:09
The CSFD, an Actor Involved. By Lucía Goberna. It is urgent that all actors involved in drug policy redouble their efforts to address the problem. This is the challenge highlighted by the European Drug Report 2019, which painted a rather discouraging picture of the situation in Europe: increase in drug trafficking and drug-related deaths, emergence of new drugs, more powerful, pure and diversified. Download Report here:
posted by Dianova International on 2019-10-25 11:15:30
Women & Addictions: a Question of Human Rights. By Federica Bertacchini. At the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2019, Dianova International discussed how gender differences in addictions impact women. Women still encounter significant systemic, structural, socio-cultural and personal barriers in accessing substance abuse treatment. If such barriers are affecting – and at the same time are generated by – the basic determinants of health, it clearly looks like we are dealing with a human rights issue. Or worse, with a violation of women’s rights to health. Continue reading here:
posted by Dianova International on 2019-10-25 11:08:27
Professionalizing Drug Prevention. Advancing the professionalism of the drug prevention workforce in Europe is at the heart of a new European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, launched on September 24 by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA). The new handbook represents an important step towards achieving the agency’s goal, outlined in EMCDDA Strategy 2025, to support interventions to prevent drug use which are based on evidence. It provides practical overviews of a variety of topics (e.g. etiology, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation) as well as prevention in diverse settings (e.g. family, school, workplace, community, media and the broader environment). Download manual here: Source: EMCDDA
posted by Dianova International on 2018-08-06 10:50:17
Dianova publishes recommendations guidelines destined to bring about behavioural changes and promote awareness of the consequences of stigmatizing attitudes in: the media, health care and public health, and employment and the workplace.
posted by Dianova International on 2018-08-06 10:44:07
Dianova Chile launches a program of professional update and development of competences for its on-site teams in the field of Addiction Treatment.
posted by Dianova International on 2018-06-21 11:28:46
Dianova International Network Launches Campaign to End the Stigma of Addiction. Starting June 26th, the campaign "Bringing Addiction Stigma to an End" is to be launched to help raise awareness about the physical and psychological consequences of stigmatizing people facing substance use disorders or behavioural addictions. The campaign aims to emphasize that addiction is not a personal choice but a public health issue that needs to be addressed as such. The campaign "Bringing Addiction Stigma to an End" aims to eliminate the social stigma experienced by people having, or recovering from, addiction disorders.
posted by Dianova International on 2018-05-31 19:54:25
On the occasion the International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking, on June 26, the Dianova International will launch a campaign on the issue of stigma and discrimination. Through a series of articles and infographics, we will examine how stigma impacts us all, both consciously and unconsciously and how it could very well be the single largest contributor to the mortality rates due to substance abuse disorders. Lastly, we will provide a number of recommendations designed to reduce the burden of stigma in people with addiction disorders and targeting policy makers, the public at large, the media, the healthcare community and the private sector.
posted by Dianova International on 2018-03-09 12:48:03
As part of its mission, Dianova is committed to helping vulnerable populations, including substance abusers, homeless people, migrants and refugees. However, beyond Dianova’s direct services, the organization engages in advocacy activities to change or strengthen the policies and practices that affect them.
posted by Dianova International on 2018-01-31 14:19:24
To add value to the Dianova network, the department of international projects works on the analysis of the context and expectations of donors, as well as in the request for financing, the supervision of the execution and the dissemination of results. If you want to share a project please contact:
posted by Dianova International on 2016-05-29 21:32:35
Dianova International has implemented or joined health promotion and addiction prevention initiatives to raise awareness of the risks associated with addictive behaviours – this is the reason why Dianova’s member organizations decided to disseminate the “Listen First” campaign in their respective countries. The global “Listen First” campaign was initially launched in New York in April 2016 at a special event during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, and it will continue through at least 2017. The campaign aims to promote science-based initiatives to prevent addiction, while insisting on a very simple concept: at the core of these initiatives lies something we all know how to do, but perhaps spend too little time doing: listening.
posted by Dianova International on 1970-01-01 01:33:36
Drugs and alcohol are everywhere. Sooner or later our children will be confronted with one drug or another. For this reason it is necessary to use prevention tools that include the participation of the whole community: synagogues, schools, churches, community groups, police, etc. However, none of these groups can take the place of parents. Education about drugs must start at home. Many parents hesitate to talk about drugs and alcohol with their kids. They think they are too young, that it doesn’t concern them. Many times we don’t know what to say, or we fear that what we say will prompt them to experiment with drugs.
posted by Dianova International on 1970-01-01 01:33:36
Shedding Light on the Science of Therapeutic Communities Reviewing the latest evidence, sharing experiences from different fields and exploring their potential Tuesday 13th of March 2018 - from 14:20 to 15:50PM Room M-7 United Nations 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs Vienna International Center
posted by Dianova International on 1970-01-01 01:33:36
The Dianova network supports the EU minimum quality standards in drug demand reduction endorsed by the Council of the European Union According to UNODC World Drug Report 2016 and WHO estimates, the extent of the global use of psychoactive substances is 2 billion alcohol users, 1.3 billion tobacco smokers and 247 million illicit drug users. Considering the resulting social and health consequences for individuals, families and communities, it is of critical importance to enhance the quality of drug demand reduction services, including treatment and social reintegration, prevention and harm reduction programmes and services. This includes the implementation of a wide variety of services, which take into account the specific needs of different target groups including women, youth, people with co-occurring mental health problems and sex workers.