Welcome to Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction Research Centre (ADARC)
Globally substance use contributes almost 1% to global burden of diseases. Every year, harmful use of alcohol kills 2.5 million people worldwide, including young people between 15 and 29 years of age.
The World Health Organisation ranks Uganda the second and twenty eighth leading consumer of alcohol in Africa and the world resepctively. Uganda's per capita alcohol consumption is 9.8 litres among all adults and 23.7 litres among drinkers.
Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction Research centre was established at Makerere University School of Public Health that leverage the current high profile of the school to become a centre of excellence in research in the areas specified.
The Center enhances;
- Research skills on alcohol,
- Drug abuse,
- General additcions and treatment,
- Translate findings into program activities and policies
- Conducts and disseminates research to stake holders,
- Build capacity and train new researchers,
- Attract funding to support new research, evaluation and briefing materials to policy makers,
- Provide the leadership for alcohol, drugs and addictions prevention research in the region by serving as a Centre of Excellence.
Makerere University School of Public Health is an ideal host for ADARC because;
- Large pool of researchers interested in alcohol, drugs and addiction,
- It has high research portfolio,
- It’s a self accounting entity of the university,
- It has a large network of high profile collaborators,
- It has successfully hosted centres of same nature,
- It’s a respected public health institution in the country and whole of Eastern Africa.
- Carry out relevant research in line with vision and goal of the unit,
- Facilitate the implementation of a new substance use surveillance system in Uganda,
- Synthesize and disseminate key research findings to stakeholders and the public,
- Increase awareness on the dangers of alcohol misuse, drug use and addictions,
- Enhance research skills in alcohol, drug use and addictions for students and faculty,
- Build capacity for NGOs to conduct research and integrate research findings,
- Inform and brief policy makers and health care providers on recent research findings on alcohol, drugs and addictions,
- Support data management and statistical analysis for research and program evaluation in the mentioned areas of focus,
- Seek funding for alcohol and drug research in the country and region.