The Paolo Pertica Award

paolo perticaThe Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) The creation of the network stemmed largely from Paolo’s work with drug using prisoners – many of who were foreign nationals - incarcerated in London prisons. The award reflects his contribution to the development of work with drug users in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.

The aim of the award is to recognise innovation and outstanding contributions to public health interventions within the criminal justice context, in relation to drug and alcohol users, which can be shown to have a positive impact for both individual offenders and the community in general.

In addition to ENDIPP, the International Harm Reduction Association previously acted as the custodian of the award and now this responsibility resides with Knowledge Action Change.

Paolo Pertica Award 2013 has been Presented at City Health 2013 Conference in Glasgow

to Dr Mohamad Shahbazi

In recognition of his work to develop and deliver the Fission Model of Peer Education (FMP) and the Umbrella Model of Peer Education (UMP) with prisoners and their families in Iranian prisons

Certificate PP 2013

Previous Recipients of the Award




Elena Grigoryeva



Marina Goloviznina

Russian Federation


Saman Zamani



Tijana Pavicevic



Scottish Violence Reduction Unit




Paolo Pertica

Paolo worked within a number of drug service providers, managing a wide range of services for drug users, most of who were in prison, or being dealt with within other parts of the criminal justice system. Amongst these organisations was the Prisoners Resource Service, where he was the Service Manager. The work of this pioneering service provided much of the model adopted by HM Prison Service to develop their CARAT services and was seen by colleagues in other countries involved in ENDIPP as an effective approach. Paolo has travelled extensively to provide consultancy and training for these colleagues and is still held in high esteem by many of them.

Moving away from service delivery and also away from London in 2001 relocating to Blackpool, Paolo has latterly worked in the commissioning and strategic development of a range of services, including in the fields of drugs and crime reduction. He is now a senior manager within the local authority and spends his free time fishing and supporting Blackpool Football Club.