By Bash Shadrack
Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) together with Smart International NGO based in Sweden organized the African Primary Prevention Conference on 26th and 27th Feb 2019 at Nyumbani Hotel, Makerere, Kampala.
This Conference was opened up by the Guest of honor Dr Basangwa David The Executive Director Butabika Mental Hospital.
Many different Non-Government Organizations NGO and Community Based Organizations CBOs participated and even Smile Mission was among the NGO that took part in all activities that were done during this Event.
This international conference provided a platform to share experiences and introduced the primary Prevention method “The Contract Concept”, which was evidence-based. The purpose of the Contract Concept was to strengthen pupils to say NO to Alcohol, Tobacco, Glue, Cannabis and other narcotics as Well as other unwanted risky behaviors.
Hence the main focus of the conference was to raise awareness of the importance of primary prevention and give tools for performing it in African schools. Also, to introduce the free evidence-based method the Contract Concept and support everyone interested in starting and developing “Smart Clubs”.
The major Goal of this Positive Primary Prevention in Practice is to contribute to the work for drug-free kids, UNCRC (Rights of the Child), Human Rights, Gender Rights and a positive development for Individuals, families and society in Africa.
During this conference, We the Smile Mission team and other members from different organizations,
Were so blessed to learn a lot of things from the wonderful international presenter like:
All presenters did a wonderful job and as Smile Mission, we are looking forward to starting using the knowledge got from the African Primary Prevention Conference and be able to create a happy community with drug-free children.