”Sila” Young People and Drugs: A new Participatory Approach for Lebanon


The project “SILA - Young People and Drugs: A New Participatory Approach for Lebanon” aims to improve coordination between relevant stakeholders in Lebanon to effectively address drug abuse among youth at the national level. This project is in line with the “Inter-Ministerial Substance Use Response Strategy for Lebanon 2016-2021" launched by the Ministries of Public Health, Social Affairs, Interior, Justice and Education in December 2016. The project is implemented by Skoun, Lebanese Addictions Center, and SoinsInfirmiers et Développement Communautaire, in collaboration with the “National Mental Health Program”, in 5 key regions in Lebanon: Greater Beirut and the cities of Tripoli, Kesserwan, Saida and Tyre.

This project is funded by the European Union under the Social Justice Programme, which is comprised of eight projects. The programme’s objective is to advocate for democracy, human rights and social justice in Lebanon, promoting good governance and gender equality at its core. Overall, the programme supports the strengthening of the institutional framework for the protection of human rights and the development of democratic governance in Lebanon.

Budget, timeframe, scope, beneficiaries
Implementation period: October 2016 – March 2019
Beneficiaries: Lebanese drug users, in particular young people and groups with specific needs; LGBTIgroups; drug users arrested and involved in a criminal act; families of drug users
Budget: €500,000
Overall objective: Improving the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and governmental bodies to address problems related to drug abuse among young people in Lebanon


Decentralizing drug prevention and treatment in Lebanon
Mapping drug and non-drug related CSOs in 5 key regions

“The project “Sila - Young People and Drugs: A new Participatory Approach for Lebanon” aims to map drug and non-drug related Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) services in 5 key regions in Lebanon (Greater Beirut and around the cities of Saida, Sour, Tripoli and Keserwan), with a special attention to assessing availability of evidence based interventions.

The mapping exercise will help in providing more details on the number and type of CSOs involved in the provision of drug related interventions for youth who abuse drugs or CSOs working generically with young people and willing to mainstream actions related to drugs education, prevention and harm reduction in their work. The mapping will provide information on the type of services provided.

In detail, the mapping activity has so far established an advisory committee that met to discuss the activity’s methodology and the essential role of its members in facilitating the communication between Skoun, SIDC and stakeholders in the community. This committee met again in May with the aim of updating the members on the results of the activity and to share information on challenges faced in the field”.