A collaborative initiative between eight Southern African countries, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, SAAPA, is a network which aims to address the challenge of harmonising and accelerating alcohol policy development in the region.

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The aims of SAAPA are to:

  • Share knowledge and experiences of alcohol policy development
  • Share research and strategy on alcohol policy development
  • Respond to local challenges with lobbying for appropriate policy interventions
  • Identify common policies that can be lobbied for in all countries in the region
  • Lobby as a regional block at global level
Cutting alcohol ads in sport sends the right message to youngsters
Jun 01, 2016

Cutting alcohol ads in sport sends the right message to youngsters

An English barbershop owner and his son have embarked on a massive David and Goliath battle to outbid Thai beer Chang as the front-of-jersey sponsor of their local football team.

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SAAPA comments on alcohol in Zimbabwe
May 11, 2016

SAAPA comments on alcohol in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Social Forum takes a look at why there has been an increase in alcohol and drug abuse in Zimbabwe.

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Tungamirai Zimonte interview
Apr 18, 2016

Tungamirai Zimonte interview

Tungamirai Zimonte is a 30 year old, heart driven artist and activist with skills in journalism, social media, brand identity design and content creation.

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What they say, is not what they do!  High time to expose Big Alcohol
Apr 04, 2016

What they say, is not what they do! High time to expose Big Alcohol

Every 10 seconds a human being dies because of alcohol. At the same time, children and young people around the world are exposed to an avalanche of alcohol advertising – to entice them to start consuming alcohol, and to persuade them use more alcohol all the time. But why is it that nobody holds the alcohol industry accountable for promoting death and disease?

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Mar 14, 2016

What influences 11-year-olds to drink? Findings from the Millennium Cohort Study

Drinking in youth is linked to other risky behaviours, educational failure and premature death. Prior research has examined drinking in mid and late teenagers, but little is known about the factors that influence drinking at the beginning of adolescence. Objectives were: 1. to assess associations of parental and friends’ drinking with reported drinking among 11 year olds; 2. to investigate the roles of perceptions of harm, expectancies towards alcohol, parental supervision and family relationships on reported drinking among 11 year olds.

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Young people in Madagascar take a stand on being alcohol and drug free
Mar 08, 2016

Young people in Madagascar take a stand on being alcohol and drug free

"Young, working towards youth activities for health”. This slogan has been adopted by Young Blue Cross Madagascar a group of twenty, mainly students and young workers. This theme perfectly encompasses the aim of the organisation.

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Successful launch of SAAPA Zimbabwe
Jan 11, 2016

Successful launch of SAAPA Zimbabwe

32 delegates from youth, media and civil society organisations attended a workshop in December 2015 in Harare, where they deliberated on the issue of alcohol and its impact on Zimbabweans.

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Interview with Riana from Madagascar
Nov 18, 2015

Interview with Riana from Madagascar

Young people all over the world are central to change. Meet Riana, 26, from Madagascar. She combines her French with IT to offer professional webmaster services..

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Nov 10, 2015

An invitation to men to discuss masculinity and drinking habits

FORUT has launched “Masculinity in a bottle”, a material which looks at gender roles and alcohol in an integrated manner, and with a particular focus on masculinity. The manual can be used to involve men in changing harmful masculine behaviour.

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Nov 10, 2015

Alcohol: a global concern

The short video film "Alcohol: a global concern" gives an overvire over alcohol as a risk facyor for health and social problems in today's world. The film was produced for and first presented during the opening ceremony of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 7th of October 2015.

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