This week, the first culturally adapted European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) basic training course in Portuguese was delivered online for 22 Brazilian participants.
The Portuguese version is the first of three culturally adapted editions of the basic EUPC training course being developed under the EMCDDA's partnership with the COPOLAD III programme and targeted at Latin America and the Caribbean. Spanish and English versions are currently being piloted and prepared.
The Portuguese EUPC version adapted to the Brazilian context was a joint effort of the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR), the EMCDDA, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and COPOLAD III. The course was delivered this week (25–29 September) with participants from the state of Ceará and municipalities in Rio de Janeiro, as well as Osasco, Santos and Curitiba. A further session with participants from additional federal states in Brazil is planned for later this year.
This week's course was hosted by the National Secretariat for Drug Policy and Asset Management (Senad) of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. As always, it was aimed at decision-, opinion- and policymakers who play a key role in promoting the evidence-based prevention of substance use.
Under its partnership with COPOLAD III, the EMCDDA supported the two course trainers, licensed by the EMCDDA as national trainers for Brazil.
The EUPC is a training curriculum in science-based prevention for decision-, opinion-, or policy-makers at local, regional or national level. It aims to boost the application and uptake of effective modern prevention approaches, and facilitate well-informed choices about funding and implementation priorities.