Despite the ban of packets of liquor sachets of alcohol there is still a proliferation of teenagers still struggling to finish their secondary school, says Malawi Alcohol Policy alliance (MAPA).
MAPA, which lobbies for “the adoption of a national alcohol policy and formulation of by-laws”, said in Lilongwe that their organization will leave no stone unturned in as far as drug and alcohol abuse is concerned.
MAPA Senior Project Officer, Kulimbamtima Portia Chiotcha, “we are still going in different districts to civic educate the youths about disadvantages of the same, we will also lobby government to pass the national alcohol policy and start implementing it amid increasing cases of harmful alcohol use among young people.”
According to her, “it is very pathetic to note that young people are still accessing liquor sachets at a cheaper price despite the ban.”
Nyasa Times has learnt that MAPA was established to provide data that shows the harmful results of alcohol to the individual, family, community and nation, so that people can make informed choices.
Chiotcha said she also stressed that the organization is working hand in hand with government for the common goal of dealing with problem but still there is a gap which needs to be filled.
Lilongwe the Malawi capital is at the helm of poor drinking habits with Ntandire, one of the poorest neighborhoods relying on sachet liquor – which is cheap – and local distilled Kachasu.
But Chiotcha, who believes there is still room for mind change, said drug and alcohol abuse is fueling nonrepresentational poverty among poor families – fairing male chauvinism.