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1 Department of Social Support Centers Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters
2 Drug Enforcement Administration Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters
3 Administration of issues General Secretariat office of H.E Interior Minister
4 Drug Enforcement Administration Ajman Police General Headquarters
5 Department of Punitive and Reformatory Establishments Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters
6 Drug Enforcement Administration Fujairah Police General Headquarters
7 Drug Enforcement Administration Sharjah Police General Headquarters
8 SAAED for Traffic Systems Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters
9 Department of Human Rights Ministry of the Interior
10 Mafraq Juvenile Care Center Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters
11 Zayed Agricultural Center for Development and Rehabilitation Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs
12 Public Prosecution Abu Dhabi Judicial Department
13 Takatof Emirates Foundation for Youth Development
14 Drug Enforcement Administration Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters
15   Emirates Heritage Club
16   Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
17   Family Development Foundation
18   Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC)
19   General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments


Colombo Plan

Created in 1951, Colombo Plan is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Overtime, it expanded geographically to include Middle Eastern countries. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development.

In December 2012, His Excellency Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi, NRC Director General, signed an MOU with Colombo Plan Office to enhance NRC status as an international center for excellence in drug and alcohol demand reduction. The MOU fruited many bilateral projects:

  1. The production of the International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
  2. The production of an Arabic version of the Journal.
  3. Engaging the Asian Centre For Certification And Education Of Addiction Professionals ‘ACCE’ to train NRC staff and others in UAE
  4. Hosting 1st Global Conference of Young Leaders on Drug Use Prevention in February 2014
  5. Partnering with the Asian Center for Accreditation and Education of Addiction Professionals, an ACCE member.

H.E Dr. Al Ghaferi was the honor guest in the launching ceremony of the International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in 1st January 2013 and was received by the chief guest of the event, Hon. Basil Rajapakse, the Minister of Economic Development in Sri Lanka during 62nd anniversary of Colombo Plan Office.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E said, “We are delighted to partner the Colombo Plan in the production of new journal, The International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and particularly the Arabic version, which would be the first addictions journal in Arabic Language. We are also delighted to participate in celebrating 62nd anniversary of Colombo Plan. NRC plans to partner Colombo Plan Office, to launch ACCE training program and to organize 1st Forum of Young Leaders on Drug Use Prevention in Abu Dhabi. These activities are part of NRC role as a regionally leading center”.

King’s College London and Maudsley International

The relationship between the National Rehabilitation Center and these two organizations dates back long time. Following the establishment of NRC in 2002, a team of professional from the National Addiction Center-Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College was engaged as external consultants by NRC. When the cooperation protocol expired in 2007, NRC partnered with Maudsley International (A partnership between King’s College and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) in 2009. Under that partnership, a training program on psychological skills and capabilities development was provided to NRC; the program also served as the foundation of a Higher Diploma Program supervised by UAE University in 2013.

In January 2013, an MOU was signed by H.E Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi and Professor Nick Bouras representing NRC and Maudsley International respectively. The MOU is intended to develop the academic and research cooperation on a large scale between both parties, to provide NRC staff with training programs in psychiatry, nursing and psychology at King’s College and to develop curricula for these specialties. The signature ceremony was witnessed by Professor Sir Robert LeClair, Deputy Head of Health Department at King’s College and Mrs. Madeleine Long, Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Fund.

University of Eberdeen

NRC signed an MOU with the University of Eberdeen to foster research between both organizations. In terms of this MOU, a study was conducted to know the Primary Care physicians’ ability to identify and provide the proper healthcare to patients with addiction risks. The study was based on a survey to capture the current trends and practices in addiction treatment in primary care clinics. Based on the findings, a training program was designed for physicians operating in two treatment centers in Abu Dhabi. The program focuses on early detection of drug and alcohol addiction, treatment intervention and patient referral. The program will be applied by physicians who have already received the training. The study will also compare the results of patients treated by trained physicians with those of untrained physicians. The study is scheduled to start with the few coming weeks and will last for one year.

McLean Hospital – Harvard University

Signed with McLean Hospital in 2011, the agreement was intended to develop the infrastructure of treatment and care methods, evidence-based approaches, integrated healthcare frameworks, medical quality and governance frameworks and HR & training frameworks in line with McLean Hospital standards. The agreement would be a preface to another agreement on the development of treatment operations and specialized treatment programs for special groups such as female patients, juvenile and patients with reciprocating diagnosis (Addiction and emotional illnesses).

The agreement covered phase 1 of overarching service evaluation, treatment methods, medical files as well as an evaluation of the needs and gaps of treatment methods and interventions. Based on the findings of this stage, a development plan was drafted for all medical and technical procedures. The agreement also covered the governance system, medical files and information in addition to HR efficiencies framework.

Under this agreement, three field visits were made by a team of McLean Hospital experts in addition to other three education and practical visits to NRC teams of all levels. All visits enhanced the technical skills of NRC teams and knowledge and expertise transfer.

Currently, NRC and McLean Hospital experts are working on launching the second phase 2 which consists of delivering mutual services targeting special patient groups and intensive care in accordance with the highest standards known in this area.

It is worth mentioning that McLean Hospital is the oldest and foremost psychiatry and mental health in the United States and Harvard University-affiliated education hospital. It is usually ranked number 1 or 2 in nation for psychiatry and mental illness.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime Agreement on Enablement and Capability Building of NRC as a Regional Reference for Reduction in Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Demand

On 10th October 2010, NRC signed an agreement with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with the aim of building the capabilities of and enabling NRC to become a regional reference center for reduction in drugs and psychotropic substances demand over three phases. Phase 1 comprises the infrastructure development and creating the platform of classifying NRC as a regional reference for reduction in drugs and psychotropic substances demand. Phase 2 covers technical capabilities and service structure building. Phase 3 includes ROI of phases 1 and 2 by launching NRC as a center for excellence and a regional reference center for training on extreme practices.

Phase 1, expected to complete in Q2 of 2014, will mainly focus on setting the legislative, information and political environment for the classification of NRC as a primary addiction reference center. During phase1, an overall evaluation of the current narcotics addiction will be carried out; it will cover the volume, extent and type of psychotropic drug abuse, addiction socio-economic impacts, existing response methods and effectiveness as well as an evaluation of the legislative requirements (Laws, policies, etc) to increase the efficiency of addiction response. Phase 1 will wind up with 3 key deliverables: Develop a national strategy to minimize addiction and psychotropic substances use; Establish the infrastructure of the integrated detection and follow-up program; Issue the legislative framework for the classification of NRC as a reference center to address drug & psychotropic substances use.

Agreement between NRC, UN Joint Program WHO-UNODC

Signed between the National Rehabilitation Center on one hand and the United Nations Joint Program between the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the other hand, the cooperation agreement will allow NRC to benefit from the integrated treatment and care approaches followed by UN organizations. It consists of the following themes:

  • Enhance world-wide researches and studies,
  • Promote and communicate addiction-related knowledge,
  • Qualify support administrative specialists in addicts care and treatment,
  • Develop NRC technical efficiencies in connection with the integrated addiction treatment approaches and the physical and psychological effects of opioids dependence as well as classify NRC as a provider of these approaches,
  • Develop sustainable care programs and specialized care levels as well as classify NRC as a regional provider of these approaches, and 
  • Recruit community support to fight addiction.

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