The Concept paper provides an outline of activities that aims at providing information to young people in Secondary Schools in Malawi on the negative effects of harmful consumption of alcohol and use of marijuana and other drugs both to their own health and the community.

Submitted By the Executive Director of Drug Fight Malawi

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The Rapid Situation Analysis, a survey conducted by the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Malawi in conjunction with Zomba Mental Hospital ( a major mental hospital in the country) and the Ministry of Health in 2004 revealed that harmful consumption of alcohol, smoking of tobacco and use of marijuana were at the increase in Malawi particularly among young people and also ranked high as the main drugs of abuse in the country.

The main drugs of abuse in the country probably due to the following factors ;

- Though illegal, marijuana is highly grown and used in the country by young people (easily accessible and affordable)

- Malawi is amongst the 10 leading tobacco growers in the world with 75% grown by peasant farmers in rural areas (easily accessible and affordable) and with no single tobacco control regulation

- Alcohol beverage production by formal and informal manufactures is high. The problem has been multiplied with the influx of very cheap liquor sachets. (No Alcohol Policy in place, lack of government efforts in enforcement of existing liquor acts in the country.

Young people are highly at risk in Malawi because of not only lacking legislations but also with no access to evidence-based information on the dangers of use of these substances.

The problem has the following results on the people and economy of the country;

1. High school dropout. (illiterate rate amongst the highest in the world)

2. HIV prevalence rate amongst the highest in the world ( at 11% according to National AIDS Commission 2012)

3. Poverty level; very high (among the 10th poorest nations in the world with 67% living below poverty line (Malawi Integrated Household Survey 2010-2011) and with 25% of the population chronically food insecure.

It is against this background that Drug Fight Malawi would like to embark on sharing information with young people particularly those in schools so that they have informed choice.

As much as the organization is well positioned as the only NGO in the country registered to focus on these issues and also with very good relationship with the government through Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth just to mention a few, Drug Fight Malawi has limited technical expertise not only to bring to the youth the very important and good materials but also the best ways to deriver

Objective of this Concept Proposal:

To seek for technical support from interested partners within the membership of World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD)

Handling of the project:

Interested partners will either train Drug Fight Malawi officers and other local interested groups and individuals in Malawi (Training of Trainers Sessions) to ensure smooth implementation of the project by locals.

In addition to providing trainings to locals, interested partners may wish to participate in the implementation of the project in secondary schools.

Contribution from Drug Fight Malawi

The organization will provide all the necessary non-monetary support such as; providing required information of the country, provide mode of transport (a vehicle), provide an office to interested partners throughout the project period if interested to participate in the implementation, assisting in getting necessary papers to enable interested partner/s work on voluntary basis in the country and other support as explained here in.

Duration of the project : The project will be implemented from October, 2013 and May, 2015

Drug Fight Malawi

In an effort to commemorate The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Pakistan, Ray of Hope arranged a bicycle rally by the name "Paddling a drug free life" on June 26th 2013 which covered a good 8 km distance from its starting point and return. The rally spread the message of Say NO to DRUGS and showed that how beautiful life is without drugs. Individuals from all walks of life and diverse age groups with gender equality were part of this conscience effort against the evil of drug abuse in our society.




The activity is conducted in Traditional Authority Kalolo, Lilongwe. This output is achieved by training the youth on the dangers of heavy alcohol drinking, marijuana and then organizing them into clubs so that they disseminate the same information to other members of the community. The meeting also discussed strategic issues with regards ways of improving the implementation of various activities, reporting on progress, and communication activities.

Prepared by:

Charity Tawina Phiri
Program Manager, Drug Fight Malawi

Reviewed By;

Nelson Baziwelo Zakeyu
Executive Director, Drug Fight Malawi

View the report here (PDF).

Drug Fight Malawi

NN 001 – Narconon Instructor .Ms Bukola Olowookere drawing how the drug affect the body during the lecture.

NN 002 – Narconon instructor Ms Bukola olowookere addressing the pupils.                                                                                                                                                  

NN 003 – Narconon Instructor Ms. Bukola olowookere delivering lecture to the students.

NN 004 – Narconon Instructor during the communication drill with the pupils.


  1. MONDAY 22rd JULY 2013



Narconon Nigeria

SOS Children’s Village is an institution found in many countries around the world which assist children and young people in acquiring their education both basic and tertiary. Normally, children and young people that are admitted to such places are the ones that are less privileged either because they lost a parent or both or lack parental care or their families unable to provide necessary care and hence are destitute

Drug Fight Malawi is an NGO in Malawi that does not only advocates for alcohol and drug policies in the country but also assist children and young people with evidence-based information on the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs of abuse.

On 15th July, 2013, the School administration of SOS-Malawi invited Drug Fight Malawi to offer a talk to their children on the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs among not only children and young people but also to their relatives and parents

Click here to read the full report (PDF).

Drug Fight Malawi

Below are some activity highlights of Comunidad La Roca in Chile and South America

1. The annual meeting of La Roca was held in June, and approved was the Annual Report of the organization, which includes information on:                                                                                                                   

a. Development of 9 programs in the country, aimed at Youth, adults, children, men and women, with a total of 1200 people attended in support processes for rehabilitation and prevention of drug consumption.
b. Presence and working in the cities of Viña del Mar, Temuco, Angol, La Union, Rio Bueno, Villarrica, New Imperial, within a radius of 900 km.

2. Initiated and strengthened ties of cooperation with international networks such as ISAAC (, Blue Cross ( Micah Network, and national organizations: CHIPRED (Chile Prevents Drugs), Chilean Red therapeutic communities, and Red Chile Christian therapeutic Communities.

3. Events:

a. National: September to December 2013, Seminars in Concepcion, Temuco, Valdivia, and Vina del Mar, aimed at self help groups (SHG's)
b. Regional:

Santiago, October 2013, Latin American Congress
Brazil, 15-17 August, International Seminar "Urban Therapeutic Community, Collaboration between the State and NGO's
September to December 2013: Colombia, and Peru, International Seminar, "SHG Fortaleciminto" for the Region

Comunidad La Roca
Sunny Trust International, since its inception, has purely been a departmental establishment for training and personal development purposes for its patients, employees and local communities while provision of its versatile services against drug abuse, and, really believe that human resources play a very important role in ensuring a quality service.

Click here to read the report (PDF).
In our quest to help in eradicating drug abuse in Nigeria schooling system Unified Initiative For A Drug Free Nigeria set out on the 20th of March, 2013 in what turned out as a major drive in her effort to eradicate the use of drugs in one of Nigeria’s densely populated states – Ogun State, located in the south west zone of Africa’s most populated country, Nigeria.

Click here to view the full report (PDF)


Unified Initiative for a Drug Free Nigeria

Unified Initiative for a Drug Free Nigeria
The law on Anti Narcotics stipulates that drug addicts are deemed victims and therefore should be sent to rehabilitation centres instead of prison. Drug trafficker however, carries a maximum penalty of death. We paid the Attorney General offices a visit to express our concerns that many inmates who have been sentenced to death over five years ago still freely and safely controlled drug trafficking from prison, hence we encouraged AG for law enforcement. Following the meeting, two inmates were executed and the AG promised to execute others soon.

In order to curb drug trafficking, and help particularly young people to stay clear of drugs, GRANAT is planning to launch massive anti drug campaign by producing more counsellors through a train-the-trainers course.

2013 June Intl Anti Drug Day

2012 Oct

2012 Feb AG audiences

2011 Oct West Java Region

2012 Jun award

2012 Aug US Embassy

2012 Sep. Cannabis Raid Aceh

2013 Feb FDFW

2013 Mar BNN

2013 June Community Counselling

On June 26 the Foundation for a Drug-Free Europe (FDFE) organized in Brussels, a European Meeting on the theme Drug & Prevention to celebrate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This aligned with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime motto: Make health your “new high” in life, not drugs.

In front of an audience composed of diplomats, professors, presidents of youth associations, educators, the FDFE member from Germany based on the EMCDDA Report gave an overview of the drug problem in Europe. She was followed by the presentation of the FDFE educative tools and activities across Europe. Then the guest speakers, all drug experts, coming from different European countries took the floor: a M.D. from Italy who exposed the debilitating danger, often fatal, of the new synthetic drugs; the renown French Jungian psychoanalyst, former Director of the DIDRO Center, Paris; the former Drug Section Director of the Health Ministry of Hungary. All stressed on the importance of prevention, information and communication with the youth to educate them on the drug dangers.

An interactive worlshop, was led by the President of Say No To Drug France on « How to speak to youth about drugs ». The Day ended with the presentation of the song « Cocaine » written by a public in memory of his best friend.

Photo WFAD

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