Tagged: East Africa

NEWS: Uganda: New Alcohol Bill To Be Introduced

Lawmakers in Uganda are ready to introduce a new alcohol bill to parliament, the Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill 2016.

The proposed law, drafted by a group of lawmakers led by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze (DP), intends to consolidate all alcoholic-related laws and set tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption by, among others, creating national, district, and sub-county licencing and regulation committees…

BLOG: Whose Water? Big Alcohol Worsens Global Water Crisis

Is water for the people or for giant multinational corporations? In the face of the global water crisis, alcohol production is causing water insecurity by depleting precious ground water and by polluting natural water sources. But Big Alcohol’s PR work has shielded it so far from being held accountable for their negative water footprint…

NEWS: Tanzania: Government Urged To Establish Alcohol Policy

The government in Tanzania has been urged to draft, discuss and implement a comprehensive alcohol policy to curb rising health and social related problems due to alcohol use in the East African country. Alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable development in Tanzania, and to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: Uganda: Alcohol Sachets Election Issue

News reports in Uganda sound the alarm: Alcohol sachets election issue – but not in the way advocates for public health and sustainable development might wish.
In 50 days Uganda will hold Presidential elections and in the run-up to election day the nine candidates running for office are gearing up their campaigns. Campaigns, however, have now come under intense scrutiny for their use of alcohol, namely waragi…

NEWS: Rwanda: Closer To AIDS-Free Generation

In 2014 in Rwanda, more than 95% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. As a result, the country had fewer than 500 new infections among children last year, paving the way to achieving an AIDS-free generation. The incidence rate for HIV is estimated to be a stable and low 0.11%…

NEWS: IOGT Report Launched: Alcohol Taxation Boosts Development

New report by IOGT International and EAAPA provides overview of independent scientific evidence showing that alcohol taxation is a powerful tool for both improving public health as well as for boosting sustainable development…

BLOG: Not Pretty: When The Markets Talk Children

Markets don’t know anything about child well being. And the actors of the markets do not care. They don’t care a bit about the welfare of our communities and the future of our children. Therefore, instead of focusing on investment for Big Alcohol and growing target populations to be persuaded to take up alcohol use, let’s shift the focus to a more humane and sustainable approach…