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
Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic
Jan 15, 2015

Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic

Alcohol plays a role in numerous stages of HIV disease from disease acquisition to health seeking behaviours to ART adherence to disease outcomes. Alcohol policy can impact on the HIV epidemic, said Dr. Neo K. Morojele at NGO forum in Botswana. Morejele was speaking at the annual SAAPA Forum held in Gaborone, Botswana in December. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published in www.add-resources.org)

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New national policy alliance launched
Dec 17, 2014

New national policy alliance launched

At a function in downtown Gaborone, Botswana a new policy alliance and an NGO manual on alcohol advertising was launched in the presence of the Ministry of Health. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published on www.add-resources.org)

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Alcohol advocacy manual launched
Dec 17, 2014

Alcohol advocacy manual launched

A manual for alcohol advocacy was launched by the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance at their annual forum in Botswana recently. The manual is aimed at activists who work to towards the banning of alcohol advertising and restriction of alcohol marketing.

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Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group
Dec 15, 2014

Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group

As the festive season approaches, some South Africans are likely to be spending year-end bonuses on booze in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed one of Africa’s hardest-drinking nations.

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SAAPA to host annual regional forum in Botswana
Dec 01, 2014

SAAPA to host annual regional forum in Botswana

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) will today kick off its annual regional forum in Gaborone, Botswana. The forum will be a three-day event taking place from 1 to 3 December 2014. The theme of the conference is Celebrate, understand, review and build.

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Interview with Jonas Ngulube, Spokesperson/Coordinator of the Zambian Network
Nov 17, 2014

Interview with Jonas Ngulube, Spokesperson/Coordinator of the Zambian Network

An interview with Zambian Networks Jonas Ngulube. Ngulube is Coordinator and Spokesperson of the Zambian Network an issues and policy organisation. He tells us how young people and women are the most affected by alcohol related issues.

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Oct 29, 2014

Blue Cross Madagascar add the YWCA (FIKRIZAMA) to stakeholder pool

YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) (FIKRIZAMA), who were trained by Blue Cross Madagascar in September have already been mobilising their communities in the regional effort to reduce levels of smoking, alcohol and drug training.

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'No Ordinary Commodity' published in Mandarin
Oct 21, 2014

'No Ordinary Commodity' published in Mandarin

The key publication to evidence-based alcohol policy interventions, Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, is now available also in Mandarin Chinese language. This is an important move towards spreading this knowledge base to much larger target groups. The book is now published in English, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish and Thai. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published in www.add-resources.com)

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Malawi – a natural policy experiment to draw lessons from
Oct 21, 2014

Malawi – a natural policy experiment to draw lessons from

Civil society organizations can, when adequately resourced and supported, play an important and productive role in steering policy developments in a sound public-interest direction. This is the conclusion in a recently published article about Malawi in the International Journal on Alcohol and Drug Research.

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Alcohol marketing during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: A case for stricter regulations?
Oct 21, 2014

Alcohol marketing during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: A case for stricter regulations?

New EUCAM trend report on alcohol marketing during the 2014 World Cup of Football signalises new trends in a youth friendly sporting context in 8 European countries.

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