The Ministry of Health through the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) hosted a graduation ceremony for participants who successfully completed a six-month training program aimed at building capacity of care providers to improve services offered to individuals with problems directly related to drug abuse and violence at rehabilitation centers countrywide.
A total of forty seven (47) participants received certificates accredited by the University of the West Indies in a small graduation ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Belize City. At the ceremony, participants spoke on the technical assistance and training received through the application of new technology. The program also established a certification process for drug prevention and treatment personnel in coordination with local and regional partners.
This initiative realized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2014 came with a grant fund of BZ$66,600. The Government of Belize provided an additional contribution of approximately BZ$14,000.00. Participants who took part came from the Coast Guard, the Police Department, department of Human Resources, Mental Health Department and from the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC.)
In his remarks, Esner Vellos, Director, NDACC congratulated the graduates and emphasized in his closing remarks that although the challenge would now lie in reintegrating recovering drug addicts back into society once they have completed their rehabilitation program.
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin gave the keynote address. He mentioned that indeed the Ministry had challenges but each challenge would also represent a training opportunity. He also spoke on the training and how it fundamentally helps the Ministry in its common effort to bring about a common response. Minister Marin is in constant dialogue with other Ministries and stakeholders to strengthened and improved cooperation in addressing the issue of drug abuse and violence in Belize.
PROCCER (Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation) was introduced to Belize in May 2011 under the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States.