Global NGO forum recognizes SL drug prevention work President, a monk and ADIC sweep Awards

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By 2018-01-03

President Maithripala Sirisena has been awarded the 2017 International Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse (IFNGO) Award for a Head of State, for his long-standing unwavering support of activities to prevent drug and substance abuse and his leadership in this regard.

The Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention submitted an abstract, summarizing the efforts taken by President Sirisena to create a country free of drugs and the Sri Lanka Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations Against Drug Abuse (SLFONGOADA) as a Member Organization of IFNGO presented nominations for all Award categories. Sri Lanka carried away all three Awards. The Distinguished Services Award was won by Kuppiyawatte Bodhananda of the Mithuru Mithuro Movement, for voluntarily providing his time, wealth and effort to rehabilitate drug addicts and prevent future addicts through a combination of the development of human, moral, cultural and spiritual values coupled with a healthy lifestyle and economic stability.

The Outstanding New Project was awarded to the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) Sri Lanka, for their innovative new project for heroin addicts.

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