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New report exposes unhealthy industry responses to COVID-19
SPECTRUM report front page

The report, ‘Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm’ released recently provides ample examples of how unhealthy commodity industries, alcohol included, have leveraged COVID-19 for commercial gain.


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Covid-19 shows us why certain investments of the Norwegian oil fund is unethical
Commercial alcohol poster, Kampala Uganda

The Covid-19 pandemic shows us why the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (the oil fund) must stop investing in alcohol. In South Africa the strict alcohol regulations during the pandemic have led to startling results.


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Alcohol industry influence exposed in Latin America and the Caribbean
CoverLAC report 2020

In recognition of the fact that in Latin America and the Caribbean the harmful use of alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for death and disability, the report acknowledges that "alcohol does not receive due attention and action" (foreword). The report is a contribution to bringing about this due attention by pointing to the role of the alcohol industry in influencing regional policies that affect public health and social welfare.


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On marketing, pricing and labelling of alcohol and the Russian experience
WHO EU report, front cover

Four recent reports from WHO Regional Office for Europe analyse and highlight the importance of good policies in preventing harm from alcohol use. All four can be downloaded here or from the World Health Organisation Regional Office of Europe.


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World Drug Day: better knowledge for better care
logo, world drug day. Better knowledge for better care

Today is the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day. The theme for the day is “better facts for better care”, a theme that reflects the need for solutions based on scientific evidence to combat a problem that for decades have been ridden with myths, fear and ignorance.


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Effective alcohol regulation can be Covid-19 legacy
Aadielah speaking from the podium 1200p

Governments in Southern Africa made the right choice to ban or restrict availability of alcohol during their COVID-19 lockdown periods, Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance claims. SAAPA supported these decisions. 


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Children and youth first!

We appeal to governments to give the care for children and youth the highest priority when implementing national policies. This was presented as a challenge to all countries of the world when Dag Endal from FORUT addressed the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.


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For the sake of the family – alcohol, domestic violence and women’s health
India report, Elin

Despite laws and mechanism for protection of women in India, most women in the urban slums of Bangalore and Hyderabad in India are unable to access help in abusive situations because of socio-cultural and structural factors. The Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA) has pioneered in the first pilot training in India based on the manual Mental health and gender-based violence and will use the tool to address domestic violence in their 280 Self-Help Groups. The bottom-up/top-down perspective in the manual is a powerful tool for change. 


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This is the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is a network of NGOs which advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Alliance now invites more NGOs to join.

2013-04-10
The Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance established in Johannesburg

A regional forum for NGOs in Southern Africa resulted in the formation of a Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance representing seven countries. Savera Kalideen from Soul City in South Africa was elected the first chair of the Alliance.

2012-11-16
Pictures from the Regional Forum
Below are some few pictures taken at the Regional Forum in Johannesburg, 6-8 November. Click the small pictures to download full size versions. Right click on the full size version and then "Save picture as".
2012-12-12

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