Updates From Former NIDA Humphrey Fellows
Three former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Fellows have reported on their recent accomplishments in implementing an online substance abuse prevention program in Brazil, organizing a youth leadership conference in Pakistan, and administering a government agency responsible for drug abuse issues in Vietnam.
Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Impact Award for Prevention Campaign
Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Claudemir dos Santos (2012–2013, Brazil) received a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Impact Award in 2016. He used the grant to develop a web-based substance abuse prevention program. The Humphrey Alumni Impact Awards, co-funded by the Humphrey Fellowship Program and the Institute of International Education Fulbright Legacy Funds, provide up to $10,000USD to alumni to implement a project in their home country or region.
Pakistan Youth Congress Trains Future Leaders
Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Farheen Naveed (2014–2015, Pakistan) chaired the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation Pakistan Youth Congress in January 2017. The annual conference is one of the biggest youth development projects for Pakistani youth aged 18 to 27. More than 300 participants participated in plenary sessions, workshops, and skill development sessions designed to train leaders in project planning and implementation, using technology to promote peace, and developing resilience, self esteem, and communication skills to counteract conflict and violence.Virginia Commonwealth University Humphrey Program Associate Coordinator Robert Balster, Ph.D., met with former NIDA Humphrey Fellow Duc Cuu Nguyen during a visit to Vietnam.
Former Humphrey Fellow Now Senior Government Official in Vietnam
Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Duc Cuu Nguyen (2006–2007, Vietnam), right, is deputy director general of the Department of Science, Education, Culture and Social Affairs in the government of Vietnam. He works on many health issues, including problems of drug abuse and the continuing consequences of Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam American War. Mr. Duc met with Dr. Robert Balster, one of the Virginia Commonwealth University Humphrey Program coordinators, during Dr. Balster’s recent trip to Vietnam. The two discussed mutual interests in public health topics for their countries, and Mr. Duc credited his participation in the Humphrey Program for helping him rise to his current senior position.