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Alcohol policy alliance formed in East Africa
During the recent East Africa Conference on Alcohol a new alcohol policy alliance for the region was formed. Moses Waweru (in the middle of the picture) from Kenya is new chair.
The third East African Conference on Alcohol with the title "Alcohol is a problem; ACT NOW" was held in Arusha, Tanzania 24-25 September. The conference, which was organized by IOGT-NTO International Institute and sponsored by Sida, brought together some 80 participants from the five countries of the East African Community. The objectives of the Conference were that the participants should be able to share their experiences and progress of developing evidence based alcohol policies of their respective countrie and to share experiences/skills on how best to curb harmful use of alcohol.
The topics focused on the formulation and implementation of alcohol policy, including the following issues: How should informal alcohol; packaging; women & children’s rights as well as rehabilitation and treatment be addressed in an alcohol policy. The conference presentations brought to the attention of the participants that within the EAC region only Kenya has formulated and implemented an alcohol policy and law. While more than 67% of alcohol in the region is produced in the informal sector, the alcohol industries use not only persuasive but massive and aggressive marketing strategies to reach their customers. Death and injuries as a result of alcohol related road accidents are on the increase as alcohol is a growing problem in East Africa.
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The conference passed the following recommendations:
Media coverage of the Arusha conference