Tagged: South Africa

NEWS: South Africa’s FASD Problem

Rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are high in South Africa.
The Foundation For Alcohol Related Research (FARR) recently concluded a three-year study in the Saldanha Bay Municipality, which includes five small seaside towns on South Africa’s scenic West Coast.
It found a Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) – the umbrella term used to describe a spectrum of conditions of which FAS is the most extreme – prevalence rate of 6.42% (64 per 1,000) among children in Grade 1…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Fuels HIV/ AIDS In Women

New report shows: alcohol use fuels already unequal power relationship between men and women. This brings about several negative consequences, especially for women. A report by the University of the Witwatersrand and the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication shows that South African women consume less alcohol than their male counterparts, but they bear a disproportionate burden of the consequences of alcohol. This is particularly true for women’s risk of contracting HIV…

NEWS: South Africa Increases Alcohol Taxes

Tax rates on alcoholic beverages have been consistently increased beyond inflation since 2002. The 2016 budget continues this trend, with excise duty rate increases of between 6.7% and 8.5%. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that taxes on wine, beer, spirits and cigarettes would continue to rise above the rate of inflation…

BLOG: Travel Diary #1: Videos From Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Kristina and myself are traveling through the Southern African region these days. It’s great fun and exciting to meet so many heart-driven civil society organizations in the different countries, to hang out with our members and to go on advocacy meetings. It’s also great fun to film these short travel diaries. We want to share them with you…

BLOG: The Real Alcohol Harm In South Africa

The economic costs borne by other public sectors as a result of alcohol harm supersede the income the alcohol trade generates for the economy. I often get the feeling that the alcohol industry is frequently too quick to lay blame on the consumer for alcohol problems but never manages to acknowledge their role in marketing their product, or making it so readily accessible and attractive for children and youth – which are some of the root causes for alcohol harm in the first place…

NEWS: South Africa: Looming Addiction Epidemic

The numbers of South African women seeking help for addiction to prescription pain medication has been skyrocketing.
In the face of the looming addiction epidemic, experts – among the chair of INCB, the International Narcotics Control Board – are calling for tighter monitoring with regard to prescribing certain drugs. The issues spells tremendous challenges for South Africa: As more and more women in their 30s and 40s are seeking treatment, qualified workers, mothers and catalysts for South Africas sustainable development are lacking…