Study Tour for Afghan and Kenyan Women Drug Abuse Treatment Counselors

Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a study tour for 12 professionals in the area of substance abuse from Afghanistan and Kenya during the week of March 23. The ten individuals in the Afghan delegation will include social workers, nurses, and two medical doctors, while the two representatives from Kenya are specialists in substance abuse counseling and education. During the week, the visitors will observe how treatment works at a model women and children’s addiction treatment center operated by Second Genesis, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. This effort is part of the United States’ Global Initiative to provide drug abuse treatment services for the specials needs of drug addicted women and their children living in Afghanistan and Kenya.


On Wednesday, March 25 the media is invited to attend a program briefing and open house from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Second Genesis Mellwood facility in Upper Marlboro to meet with substance abuse professionals from Afghanistan and Second Genesis staff, in order to learn more about their experiences. Deputy Director for Anticrime Programs, Thomas Browne, and Deputy Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs, Albert Matano, of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) will both be available to discuss the State Department’s counternarcotics assistance programs in Afghanistan.


Tour Location: Second Genesis: Mellwood Women and Children’s Facility
4620 Mellwood Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-568-4822 – main phone
301-568-4986 – main fax


In response to the devastating problem of drug addiction in Afghanistan, INL has funded several residential drug treatment programs for women and their children, the first of their kind in Afghanistan. The INL-funded Sanga Amaj Center in Kabul is the first women’s drug treatment center in Afghanistan and has achieved a large measure of success since it first opened in 2007. In early November, INL opened its second women and children’s facility in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province. A third facility is expected to open in the Herat Province soon.


For further information, contact:


Susan Pittman, 202-647-2842
Thomas White, 202-736-4144

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