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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.


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Norway launches strategy to combat Non-communicable Diseases
Skjermbilde, summary

As the first country in the world, Norway launches a strategy to combat Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in low-income countries as part of Norway's development aid. The government's new strategy focuses on important target areas and effective measures. Now the strategy must be operationalised and put into action.


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A call for the implementation of cost effective alcohol interventions
Skjermbilde, SAFER

We have effective strategies to reduce harmful use of alcohol. Now they must be implemented, says a recent article in The BMJ written by Dag Rekve and colleagues. The article reviews the lack of, and barriers to, implementation of evidence-based cost effective interventions, especially in low and middle income countries. 


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Alcohol obstacle to development
IOGT Alcohol and SDG

IOGT International has launched an updated version of the publication “Alcohol Obstacle to Development; How Alcohol Affects the Sustainable Development Goals”. Of the 17 SDGs the achievement of 14 of them is affected by alcohol.


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Alcohols’ impact on the rights of women and children in the Global South
Front page report

FORUT recently launched a report written by Anne-Marie Laslett and Megan Cook from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The report is a literature review with the aim of building increased understanding of the effects of alcohol on women and children in the Global South.


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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. 


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Amplifying the voice of the silent majority

We see it as our duty to amplify the voice of the silent majority. The vast majority of the global population does not use illicit drugs and wants to live in communities free from drug-related harm. This is one of the messages from the first session of the Istanbul Initiative.


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WHO Afro and FORUT: Cooperation agreement signed
FORUT

WHO Regional Office for Africa and FORUT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote evidence-based alcohol policies in Africa. The new agreement defines areas of cooperation between the two parties.

2013-07-31
The new tsunami of non-communicable diseases:
- Prevention is the only viable policy option

“We experience a tsunami of new non-communicable diseases. We have got no option. We must put our efforts into prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles”. With these words the South African Minister of Health, Hon Aaron Motsoaledi opened the a WHO meeting on NCDs in Johannesburg.

2013-04-10
New WHO report:
Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa
Monitoring Alcohol Advertising Africa

Effective legislation is necessary to strictly regulate alcohol marketing activities. This is one of the recommendations in a new report; "Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa", released by WHO AFRO today.

2011-06-20
Substance abuse in WHO AFRO
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug related problems in Africa are becoming more and more a Public Health concern. WHO AFRO states that it is therefore very important to look for better policies and strategies to face the issue.
2006-06-23

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