European Prevention Curriculum training course for Latin America takes first step in preparing culturally adapted materials

This week, 16 experts from five Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela) are participating in an online European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) basic training course in Spanish. This is the first time that the EMCDDA is delivering an EUPC training course in the language for this region.  

Within the framework of its partnership with the COPOLAD III programme, the EMCDDA is preparing with the participants a culturally adapted version of the basic EUPC training course for Latin America and the Caribbean. These versions will be available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.  

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. 

Further basic training courses in Spanish, English and Portuguese are foreseen for later in 2023.


The EMCDDA became an official partner of COPOLAD III in July 2022. The programme promotes dialogue and bi-regional cooperation on drug policy between the European Union and Latin American and Caribbean countries. Funded by the EU, the programme is led by the International Ibero-American Foundation for Public Policies and Administrations (FIIAPP), in consortium with the Italian-Latin American International Organization (IILA). 

The current 32 project partners are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Uruguay.