MOHAN Foundation was invited to participate in the 1st International Conference on Effective Strategies for the prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse held on 17th to 19th February 2016. The Foundation put up an information kiosk for two days, 18th & 19th February 2016 at the conference that was attended by 150 delegates from around the world including experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance.
Subodham I-Con, a three-day international conference was organized by the state government to discuss the way forward for effective prevention of alcohol and substance abuse. The conference aimed to learn from best practices in the area of demand reduction, harm reduction and research from around the globe, as well as showcase the state's experience in substance abuse policy making.
Mareena Thomas, Programme Officer (Delhi NCR) was invited as one of the delegates for the conference. An information kiosk was put up by the Foundation and manned by Ms. Kavitha (Programme Officer, Trivandrum) Thought the response in terms of people pledging their organs was less, it was a good platform to give information and answer queries of the delegates on organ donation. Many of them showed interest to engage with MOHAN Foundation to have awareness programs in their respective communities. It was very motivating to meet one catholic priest who has been a kidney donor and have been promoting organ donation at a personal level. Dr. Rakesh Lal, professor AIIMS, congratulated the efforts of MOHAN Foundation and mentioned organ donation being a need of the hour. Another delegate who works closely with schools showed interest in carrying this message forward at the school level. The first talk is already scheduled to take place in a college at Trivandrum.
150 participants were present and 30 donor cards were picked up.