Dr. Chan will protect alcohol policy from industry
WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, will protect alcohol policy making from commercial or vested interests of the alcohol industry. She welcomes an initiative by researchers and civil society organizations that keep careful watch over the behaviour of the alcohol industry.
This is the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is a network of NGOs which advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Alliance now invites more NGOs to join.
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.
Global public health community issues warning over alcohol industry conflict of interest
More than 500 public health professionals, health scientists and NGO representatives from 60 countries have signed a joint Statement of Concern about the activities of the global alcohol producers.
7-9 October 2013 in Seoul: The Global Alcohol Policy Conference
The last Global Alcohol Policy Conference held in Thailand 2012 was a huge success. It is now time to start planning for the GAPC 2013 in Seoul in Korea.
The Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance established in Johannesburg
A regional forum for NGOs in Southern Africa resulted in the formation of a Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance representing seven countries. Savera Kalideen from Soul City in South Africa was elected the first chair of the Alliance.
Successful Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Bangkok:
“We have enough evidence to act. Now!”
A historic moment! A significant success! Great words were used at the closing of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Bangkok 15 February, - and for good reasons. The conference had everything in terms of technical contents, commitment from participants as well as excellent conference facilities and local staff.
Invitations are now out:
Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Bangkok in November
The Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2011 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand 28 - 30 November. Title: “From the Global Alcohol Strategy to National and Local Action”.
An alcohol policy alliance for Southern Africa under formation
An initiative to establish a Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance has been taken. An interim board was elected at a meeting in Kampala.
Updated with Dr. M. Chan's closing remarks:
A Global Alcohol Strategy adopted by the World Health Assembly
The World Health Assembly passed on the 20th of May a resolution endorsing a Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. It was a very interesting discussion in the Assembly where some 35 member states spoke - all in favour of the strategy. Three NGOs/civil society alliances also made statements supporting the resolution.
Eastern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance established in Arusha
Representatives from non-governmental organizations from five countries, together with alcohol experts and resources persons, have now formed a network for alcohol policy advocacy work in Eastern Africa.
World Health Organization to develop a global strategy to reduce alcohol related harm
In its session Thursday 22 May the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution that calls for the development of a global strategy to reduce harmful consumption of alcohol. The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance welcomes the decision.
FORUT joins Worldalcohol.net
FORUT has joined a new network of NGOs which is set up to facilitate WHO-NGO communication in the wake of the WHA 58.26 resolution on Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol.