This project will link community-based prevention strategies and health care programs and will employ strategies such as community dialogue forum, alternative drug free activities and youth educative programme as a way of addressing our drug and alcohol abuse preventive efforts among youths with disability. Monitoring and evaluation will be done regularly to measure the extent to which our project attains its objective of ensuring proper knowledge application and a vision of a drug free society
A study by NACADA observed that there is rapid spread of substance abuse among young people with disabilities that increases their HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. They are much at risk because they suffer the negative effects of disability within the community; low self esteem, lack of relevant information and culture that look down upon them. They are also faced with the challenge of substance abuse bearing all the costs and frustrations associated with it.
Physical, psychological and social attributes of young people with disabilities make them vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Moreover, comprehensive knowledge on drug and alcohol abuse prevention still remains considerably low among them. Our intervention will range from raising awareness among the disabled young people, campaigns against drug and alcohol abuse, building partnerships within the community and increasing capacity of these people to fight this vice
There will be increased participation and involvement of young disabled people in drug and alcohol abuse prevention activities. There will also be reduced stigma and discrimination as a result of increased community participation in prevention efforts. Disabled youths will have increased Knowledge on drug and alcohol abuse prevention resulting to decreased number of cases of drug and alcohol abuse and its related problems. Networking and coalition among stakeholders will be strengthened
Kisumu Disabled Selfhelp Group
Kisumu, Nyanza - Kenya
Joseph Stephen Omondi