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FACTS

Alcohol use is ranked as risk factor number one for ill health and premature deaths in parts of Southern Sahara and Latin America.

For the most part, alcohol and drug prevention has not been high on the agenda of most development organizations and programmes.

A toolkit for development NGOs

Prevention Works

Alcohol and drug prevention has not been high on the agenda of most development organizations. A new booklet from FORUT provides tools that will help development NGOs to integrate substance use issues into their programmes; whether their fields of interest be gender equality, HIV/AIDS prevention, poverty alleviation, community development, or other development issues.

You can view the booklet “Prevention Works” here.

A pdf version of the booklet can be downloaded here.

The harmful use of alcohol can have a dramatic impact on the lives of ordinary people; not only the drinker, but those in his family or social sphere are just as likely to suffer the consequences of alcohol consumption. Such circumstances are probably not new to most development NGOs, which have experienced the negative consequences of alcohol or drug use in their project areas or among their target populations. Alcohol and drug use is one of the most powerful contributing forces helping to generate development problems such as ill-health, gender-based violence, poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

In some project areas alcohol use might impair the expected results of a programme or even nullify them. A week’s income spent by a father in the local bar, sometimes even before pay-day is over, would leave the rest of the household without funds for bare necessities such as food, clothing, and health care.

Surprisingly, for the most part, alcohol and drug prevention has not been high on the agenda of most development organizations and programmes. This booklet provides tools that will help development NGOs to integrate substance use issues into their programmes; whether their fields of interest be gender equality, HIV/AIDS prevention, poverty alleviation, community development, or other development issues.

“Prevention works” covers six thematic areas, also with practical tools and check-lists:

  • Alcohol and drug problems are preventable;
  • Addressing Alcohol and Drugs as a Development Issue;
  • Rapid Assessment of the Alcohol and Drug Situation;
  • What to do? A step-by-step guide;
  • Check-list for national alcohol policies;
  • Independence from vested interests;
  • Recommended reading.

Paper copies of the booklet "Prevention Works" may be ordered by sending an e-mail to: add@forut.no 

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