A youth-centred approach to increase mental health & socio-economic support in Kenya

A youth-centred approach to increase mental health & socio-economic support in Kenya

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Young people are under-served with mental health, harm reduction, HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and human rights services. They face multiple barriers to accessing these services, particularly if they use drugs. Through partnering with Mainline, MEWA developed interventions to increase access to comprehensive and youth-friendly services and provide socio-economic support for young people who use drugs (YPWUD). This change story describes the successes and lessons learned.

The project goal was to improve access to prevention on drugs and substance use, address violence, and promote social justice for 500 young people (aged 15 to 24) living at home or on the streets in Mombasa County, Kenya.

The project aimed to address the complex interrelation between poverty, mental health, drug use and vulnerability to HIV by:
• improving access to health, rights, and harm reduction services for 500 YPWUD;
• increasing literacy and opportunities for education and employment for 100 YPWUD. MEWA worked with young people in school at risk of transitioning to drug use or in the early stages of drug use (stimulants, sedatives, and opioids), and with young people who are chemically dependent on drugs.

A youth-centred approach to increase mental health & socio-economic support in Kenya

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