Rwanda has a young population: the median age is 22.7 years and 61% of the population is under 25. Adolescence is a turbulent period when young people face significant challenges and where different behavioural experiences (positive and negative) are explored.
Some, such as consuming harmful substances or engaging in risky sexual activity, will repeat themselves and become behavioural beyond adolescence. Therefore, it is essential to develop appropriate prevention and awareness strategies before the installation of these risky behaviours.
The study on the “Prevalence of drugs and substance abuse amongst adolescents – A pilot study in 7 districts” allows the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center, Enabel and other key players to have a view on the current situation and to elaborate better targeted strategies aimed to address the identified gaps.
Study population : 3301 young people aged 13-24 from seven districts where Enabel’s Barame Project is active.