Policies, education and mobilization

Despite the enormity of the challenge, evidence and experience strongly suggest that substance use problems can be reduced.  Such efforts require the political will to tackle the problems and a smart mix of government policies, education activities, and mobilization of communities and NGOs.  Particular attention should focus on implementing evidenced-based strategies, which necessarily include interventions to reduce the availability and the affordability of alcohol and illicit drugs.

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Statement by Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance

Effective alcohol regulation can be Covid-19 legacy

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. 

12. May 2020

African Alcohol Policy Alliances with clear message to the African Union

With the message that the 2020s should be the decade of decisive action to reduce alcohol-related harm on the African continent the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA), the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA) and the West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA) extended their best wishes to the political heads of their countries at the decade's first heads of states meeting in the African Union.

12. February 2020
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WHO consultation on global alcohol strategy and the way forward

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol was endorsed at the World Health Assembly in 2010. After nearly 10 years of implementation WHO is now consulting on the way forward and is inviting civil society to make submissions in an online consultation. 

28. October 2019
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UYDEL, Uganda:

Involve young people as partners in prevention!

Young people must be regarded as resources and as partners in prevention. This is the core message in a video presentation from Uganda to the INCB in Vienna.

09. May 2019
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WAAPA appeal to WHO Afro:

A regional African alcohol coordination mechanism is needed

The West African Alcohol Policy Alliance has issued an appeal to the upcoming meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa to prioritize the implementation of the regional alcohol control strategy.

07. May 2019
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Next GAPC to be held in Dublin in March 2020

The time and venue for the next Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is now decided: Dublin in Ireland, 9-11 March 2020. This was announced in a joint statement by the GAPA chair and two Irish government ministers recently. Venue for the conference will be Dublin Castle.

03. April 2019
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New and challenging report:

Trouble Brewing

"Only through rigorous fidelity to facts and evidence will the public health response to the harms of alcohol advance and successfully counter misinformation from the alcohol industry”. This is one of the key messages from the recently launched report “Trouble brewing”.

10. October 2018
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SAFER – a new WHO initiative to boost national alcohol policy processes

WHO recently launched a new action package – SAFER. It aims at supporting the global target of reducing harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025. The initiative has been strongly supported by several global civil society networks.

10. October 2018
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WHO Launches Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

In 2016, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in some 3 million deaths (5.3% of all deaths) worldwide. Mortality resulting from alcohol consumption is higher than that caused by diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. These are among the new figures presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 released today. The report also demonstrates that the age-standardized alcohol-attributable burden of disease and injury was highest in the WHO African Region.

21. September 2018
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First national alcohol policy conference to be held in Uganda

In the end of November civil society leaders, researchers and government representatives will meet for Uganda’s first national alcohol policy conference. Topic: “Unite against alcohol harm: A call for action”.

19. September 2018