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
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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Drinks giant taps into continent rise
Oct 21, 2014

Drinks giant taps into continent rise

DIAGEO is relying on spirits such as Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka to drive expansion in Africa as economic growth boosts incomes and demand climbs for premium drinks. (Article written by Moses Mozart Dzawu and originally published by Business Report)

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Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng - Director Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu
Oct 19, 2014

Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng - Director Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu

Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng, Director Blue Clue Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho. A comprehensive interview about her responsibilities and alcohol policy developments in Lesotho. Mofokeng tell us about the challenges and the triumphs over the years.

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Alcohol in South Africa
Oct 06, 2014

Alcohol in South Africa

Professor Charles Parry, from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the Medical Research Council of South Africa, proposes that with a few key policy measures South Africa could address their alcohol problem and culture of heavy drinking.

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'Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing, says study
Oct 03, 2014

'Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing, says study

This article was written by Chris Green and originally published in The Independent on 1 October 2014

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International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho
Jul 31, 2014

International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho

The Thaba Bosiu Centre of the Blue Cross will host an International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho on the 9th and 10th of October 2014. The conference will take place at Lehakoe in Maseru.

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Jul 15, 2014

Alcohol industry riding the wave of economic recession - Eucam trend report

The alcohol industry has reacted on the economic recession by taking various actions. A new EUCAM trend report aims to provide insight in the marketing tactics of the alcohol industry in this period.

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