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The Norwegian ambassador, Siri Ellen Sletner opened the new Norway Grants treatment centre for young, homeless drug addicts in Budapest.jpg

Battling drug addiction in Hungary

  • With €1 million in support from the Norway Grants, the Diótörés Foundation can continue to provide healthcare and rehabilitation treatment for young, homeless drug addicts in Hungary.

    A few years ago, the Diótörés Foundation’s financial problems became so vast that they saw no other way than to discontinue its project to help young drug abusers in Hungary. They turned to the Norway Grants and were granted support of nearly €1 million to continue their important work to treat and help young, homeless drug addicts in Hungary.

    "The only reason we are still here is because of the support from Norway. With this help we can continue to treat young adults that probably wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for us," says project manager Gabriella Csépányi.

    A new treatment centre

    Now the Foundation’s 100 to 150 young drug addicts can continue their treatment and the Foundation has been able to expand their training of personnel in treatment methods, as well as the facilities of The Nut Tree Rehabilitation Centre in Lulla, located 140 km from Budapest.

    The centre has room for 18 patients between the ages 18 to 30. The patients learn to interact with people without drugs, and to live without drugs or other substances. Connected to the centre are two psychologists, four nurses, one person responsible for work rehabilitation, two doctors and two doctors with specialization in addiction problems.

    Norwegian partnership

    The Foundation has also been able to refurbish a treatment centre in Budapest that will provide the necessary healthcare treatments. The centre was officially opened with a formal ceremony in April, where Norway’s ambassador to Hungary was present.

    "You have reached out to persons who, due to lack of a supportive network, might face lifelong homelessness and marginalisation. I am proud that Norway can, through the Grants, support such a vital and life altering project," said Her Excellency, Siri Ellen Sletner.

    The ambassador also took time to emphasise the close partnership that the Foundation has established with the Norwegian Tyrili Foundation that treats and helps drug addicts in Norway.

    "The knowledge and experiences you have shared with each other will become valuable when planning and implementing similar projects in the future. I would also like to thank Diótörés for years of dedicated work. I wish you all the best in the future."

    Photo: Guri Merete Smenes, Royal Norwegian Embassy


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    Project title:

    “Erre csörög a dió” – “The walnut clinks here” Support to disadvantaged people in order to prevent diseases developing due to their living conditions and lifestyles and thereby contributing to their social integration

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    22 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,030,000

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    03 August 2009

    The purpose of this Project is to increase services available for socially disadvantaged individuals for substance abuse prevention and integration into society, with the overall objective of improving access to healthcare in Southwest Hungary. Reference is made to the application dated 9 May 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - training of personnel to enhance their ability to work with treatment methods;

    - development of a curriculum for accreditation of the training of health specialists;

    - expansion of the rehabilitation centre "Lulla Rehabilitation Home" currently existing in the Walnut Street Rehabilitation Home and refurbishment of the ANTSZ building, Kertesz Street Centre, Budapest;

    - public awareness of the programme and outreach; and

    - management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is Diotores Alapitvany. Subject to national law, the project shall be implemented in partnership with the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, the Hungarian Prison Service and the Tyrili Foundation in Norway.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the applicant, Diotores Alapitvany, provides at least 2 percent of the estimated eligible project cost and that the project partner, The National Public Health and Medical Officer Service, provides at least 8 percent of the estimated eligible project cost through an in-kind contribution.