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
Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight
Feb 03, 2015

Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on policymakers to regulate against it is increasing. Ben Cooper delves deeper. (This article was written by Ben Cooper for and published on www.just-drinks.com)

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Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year
Feb 02, 2015

Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year

South Africans have a huge drinking problem. We are the biggest boozers in Africa... (This article was written by Zinhle Maphumulo for and published by City Press - 1 February 2015)

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Jan 28, 2015

Bingeing's bad hangover

Binge drinking can start harming your immune system within hours, according to new research. (This article was written by Tanya Farber for and published by The Times - 23 January 2015)

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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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