Tagged: Africa

NEWS: Rwanda: Alcohol, Pregnancy Recipe For Disaster

Experts in Rwanda warn: Alcohol During Pregnancy Is a Recipe for Disaster. Experts say alcohol has adverse effects on pregnant women and has also got the potential to prevent women from getting pregnant.   “The baby’s body is formed during the first three months hence alcohol consumed during this period can result in physical abnormalities in… Read more »

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…

NEWS: Report: African Females ‘Being Left Behind’

UNAIDS and the African Union have launched a joint report entitled #Empower young women and adolescent girls: Fast-Tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic in Africa”. The report shows that despite considerable advances made in the global response to the AIDS epidemic over the last several decades, young women and adolescent girls in Africa “are still being left behind,”…

BLOG: Professional Sports Glamorising Ill-Health

Professional sports today is a major source of promoting unhealthy products. Elite athletes have become promoters of harmful lifestyle choices – instead of inspiring millions to live healthy and well…

BLOG: Wrestling Kenya From Claws Of Big Alcohol

This struggle the African people, like Kenyans, have with Big Alcohol corporations cannot just be changed by a law, policy. Big Alcohol have spent a lot of time, manpower and unconscious amounts of money to make sure that their products are ingrained in our habits; that it comes without a single thought that when someone asks: “Do you drink?”, we automatically think the question refers to alcohol…

BLOG: Empowering Girls The Way To Go

One of the best ways to empower girls is to provide them with enabling, safe and creative spaces – alcohol-free environments. Empowering girls will eradicate gender inequalities and boost Africa’s development. Investing in alcohol-free environments must be part of the equation for sustainable results…

BLOG: Africa And Alcohol Advertising

Fuelled by alcohol marketing, alcohol is becoming a part of our lives, which wasn’t so before at all. Big Alcohol does everything it can to create a culture that glorifies alcohol and that ignores the real effects and consequences of alcohol use.
The culture in Africa was that women do not use alcohol but advertisements are putting together alcohol use and equality to delude women into taking up alcohol. New users are what Big Alcohol producers thirst for and Africa with the majority of people – especially women and youth – not using alcohol is unchartered territory and most attractive…

BLOG: Getting Alcohol As Obstacle To Development On The Agenda

What’s happening in Sweden is crucial: more and more civil society organisations, as well as government agencies and public authorities, including universities start addressing alcohol and the global alcohol industry for what they are: obstacles to development…

BLOG: Who Drives Alcohol Prevention Research Agenda In Africa?

Reflections from the WPA 14: Of the 120 plenary talks, scientific presentations and posters used a word like “alcohol”, “drug” or “substance use” in their titles. I found only 2. Perhaps the real question should be, where are the researchers and are they paying attention?