Alcohol, young people and HIV risk in Tanzania - Learning Lab, 18 February

30 January 2014
Annie Holmes

Please join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 18 February 2014, 11 a.m. GMT. Dr Gerry Mshana will discuss how alcohol taxation, pricing and packaging may be influencing drinking norms and HIV risk among young people.

Alcohol availability and drinking norms are understood to be among the social and economic factors shaping HIV vulnerability. Relatively little structurally informed research on alcohol and HIV to date has come from sub-Saharan Africa, so experiences and analysis from Tanzania are of particular interest for the field.

In this webinar, Dr Gerry Mshana draws on research into sachets - small units of hard liquor being packaged and marketed in some African countries. Is the affordability of sachets, together with targeted marketing, changing drinking norms among young people? The presentation

  • describes research into the impact of sachets
  • reviews alcohol taxation and pricing in Tanzania
  • introduces interesting opportunities for research into young people's alcohol consumption in such settings

Dr Gerry Mshana is a medical anthropologist at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)  in Mwanza, Tanzania. Since 1999 he has been involved in developing and evaluating interventions to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young people. He has also conducted and published research around social-cultural perspectives on HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and epilepsy.

Within STRIVE, Dr Mshana focuses on developing and evaluating structural interventions to address social and economic factors that drive the HIV epidemic among young people. He is particularly interested in the effect of macro-economic factors such as pricing and packaging on alcohol drinking norms among young people.


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Mongi, A.S., Baisley, k., Trong Thanh-Hoang Ao, Chilongani, J., Aguirre-Andreasen, A., Francis, S.C., John Shao, J., Hayes, R., Kapiga, S.H. (2013), Factors Associated with Problem Drinking among Women Employed in Food and Recreational Facilities in Northern Tanzania , PLoS One, v.8(12); 2013, PMC3877296

Pitso, J. M. N. and Obot, I. S. (2011), Botswana alcohol policy and the presidential levy controversy. Addiction, 106: 898–905. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03365.x


Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:
6:00 am Washington
11:00 am London
1:00 pm Johannesburg/Geneva
2:00 pm Mwanza/Kampala
4:30 pm New Delhi


To join the webinar on Tuesday 18 February 2014, please follow these THREE STEPS.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email reminding you of the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk on the internet as a participant shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, please send your contact number with country code to Annie [dot] Holmes [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Friday 14 February 2014 and we will dial out to you just before the beginning of the Lab.

Please note that you must call in on the telephone AND join online to hear audio and view the presentation.

2014 schedule

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22 April 2014

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17 June 2014

22 July 2014

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17 September 2014

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