Extra-Think Innovations

Extra-Think Innovations

Youth Connect: Combatting alcohol and drug abuse through exercise and team-based education (Malawi)


In Nkhotakota in central Malawi many young people take drugs such as marijuana or a locally brewed alcohol (Kachaso), which can lead them to develop mental health problems. 

We are mobilising, educating and inspiring young people through Facebook, WhatsApp and other media to set up Youth Connect Teams (YCT) of 10 to 20 participants. These meet weekly for 16 weeks for physical exercises and information and education sessions, and every participant is challenged to take up a positive behaviour to improve their health and to spread the word to encourage others to join Youth Connect.

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