Policy Brief: Substance abuse and education in orphans and vulnerable children

Alcohol and drug use amongst adolescents and young adults in sub-Saharan Africa is a potential problem,
particularly among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and may be ameliorated by school enrolment, but
there are no published findings from Zimbabwe on this. We collected data from 5,297 adolescents and young
adults from 2009–2011 to investigate whether orphans and/or children caring for a family member with
HIV are at increased risk of alcohol, tobacco and drug use.

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