Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance established in Johannesburg

12 December 2012
Alexandra Hyde

A regional forum for NGOs in Southern Africa earlier this month resulted in the formation of the Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance. Savera Kalideen from STRIVE affiliate Soul City was elected as the first Chair. 

The aim of the alliance is to exchange experiences from policy and prevention work and to foster closer regional collaboration.

The linkages between alcohol use and poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence emerged as particular concerns for the forum. Several discussions centred on evidence that risky alcohol consumption must be addressed if programs to reduce HIV/AIDS are to be more effective.

The alliance is formed of civil society organizations from seven countries in the region, as well as NGOs from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sweden and Norway.

Read more about the forum on the Alcohol Drugs and Development (ADD) website.