Addiction Management & Integrated Care (AMIC), Dhaka Ahsania Mission
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) launched a program in 1990 named “Ahsania Madokata Protirodh 0 Niontron Karmosuchi” (Drug Prevention & Control Programme – AMIK in Bengali). In 2004 DAM changed it’s name as AMIC (Addiction Management and Integrated Care) to prevent and control tobacco, Drugs and HIV/AIDS which is gradually taking an epidemic form at the societal level. Use of drug is not a new phenomenon. It has been in use in this country for centuries. However, its use was more restricted and hidden, confined among aged people. Its sale was restricted, made through authorized shops. The young generation could hardly be seen meddling with drugs; it was socially unacceptable. Over time the use of drugs has become more widespread due to more easy in availability made possible by very strong and powerful drug cartels that have emerged both at the national and international levels. DAM initiated the programme recognizing the economical, familial and societal consequences of drug and keeping in mind the spirit of UN Convention against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in 1988.
Initially, people from educational institutions, clubs, and different volunteer organizations were invited through advertisement in Daily Ittefaq and Daily Inqilab for creating an anti drug movement. A massive response was received. Different institutions, organizations, and people from various sections came forward to participate in the anti-drug activities voluntarily. Through these activities, 402 Branch committees were formed in 54 districts’ and 150 sub-districts. Following the approach of “no harm – be ethical” in all activities: AMIC is implementing in a way that reflects and reinforces the core values and approaches that ensure the wellbeing and protection of the rights and interests of People with Drugs (PWDs).
Vision of AMIC:
Our vision is to create peaceful societies where social harmony will prevail and devastating health, tobacco, drugs and HIV related harms will not exist.
The objectives of the AMIC were:
- To undertake essential demand reduction measures to protect adolescents, youths and the adults from the harmful effects of tobacco, drug and HIV on the individuals and the society.
- To undertake essential harm reduction services for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID).
- To establish and operate drug detoxification and treatment centers with provisions for vocational training to rehabilitate substance users
- To undertake appropriate community based participatory interventions with activities for prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCD) with synergy and coherence with the mainstream Government and other actors with similar programs in the field.
- To improve access, equity, quality, utilization and institutional sustainability of primary health care (PHC) services particularly for the poor, women and children in the defined areas.
- To advocate and bargain with the Government to formulate and implement tobacco and drug prevention laws and policies and undertake measures to combat harmful effects.