27th IFNGO World Conference

IFNGO world conference posterThe 27th IFNGO world conference was held from November 6 to 8 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Macao (China) in the presence of some 200 participants. The general theme of the conference was: “Understanding addiction, treatment, prevention and harm reduction policy”.

IFNGO was incorporated in 1981 on the basis of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration, whose first objective is “to reach a concerted, harmonious and fruitful relationship among all non-government organisations, regionally and internationally, pursuing activities needed to prevent and control drug abuse, and thus consolidate even more efforts to achieve a drug-free society”.

IFNGO brings together non-governmental organisations engaged in drug abuse prevention, treatment or harm reduction, from all regions of the globe.

The 27th IFNGO conference will host many prestigious speakers, for example Dr. Joan Goulao, father of the decriminalisation policy carried out successfully by the Portuguese Government; Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium; Augusto Nogueira, President of the Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macao; and Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of UNODC for the Southeast Asia and Pacific region.

Quality orientation, by Dianova International

Augusto Nogueira, president of IFNGO (left) and Rui MartinsAt the 2nd plenary session, dedicated to successful treatment modalities, Rui Martins, representing Dianova International, presented the “Benefits of quality in addiction treatment programmes”, with the experience conducted by Dianova Portugal.

Since 2005, our association in Portugal has had ISO 9001 certification in addiction treatment and rehabilitation. This quality management system allowed for more efficient services, more flexible internal processes and a more motivated professional team. For the Quinta das Lapas therapeutic community (Dianova’s largest residential treatment centre in Portugal), this resulted in a 100% user satisfaction and recommendation rate for the last 5 years.

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