Évolution des attitudes et des connaissances en matière de toxicomanies et de réduction des effets nocifs au sein d’une cohorte communautaire à Kaboul (Afghanistan)

Translated title of the contribution: Change in attitudes and knowledge of problem drug use and harm reduction among a community cohort in Kabul, Afghanistan

C. S. Todd, M. R. Stanekzai, A. Nasir, K. Fiekert, M. G. Orr, S. A. Strathdee, D. Vlahov

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    Abstract

    This pre–post evaluation aimed to measure changes in knowledge and attitudes towards drug users among community representatives in Kabul, Afghanistan, over a period of expansion of harm reduction and drug dependence programming. A convenience sample of 160 professionals aged 18+ years completed interview questionnaires in 2007 and 2009. Views endorsing programme quality and the provision of condoms, infection counselling/testing and needle/syringe distribution increased significantly over the 2-year period. In 13 of 38 statements, there was a substantial (> 10%) change in agreement level, most commonly among men and medical professionals. Attitudes concerning support of drug users remained largely positive, with substantial attitude changes in some subgroups of the population. Further community education through the media and a more cohesive government drug policy may be needed to strengthen community support for harm reduction/drug treatment in Afghanistan.

    Translated title of the contributionChange in attitudes and knowledge of problem drug use and harm reduction among a community cohort in Kabul, Afghanistan
    Original languageFrench
    Pages (from-to)183-192
    Number of pages10
    JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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