20 September 2017
Sephy Valuks

Findings from the STRIVE three-country study of alcohol availability and marketing will be presented at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Melbourne, Australia 4–6 October, 2017. The international event is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers and practitioners. For 2017, the conference theme is Mobilising for Change: Alcohol policy and the evidence for action.

Dr Gerry Mshana, a senior researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, will present on how micro-packaging of alcohol in sachets has influenced drinking among young people in Tanzania. This body of work has fed into important changes in Tanzania, including a ban on the production of sachets

Lebohang Letsela, a researcher at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice, will present on alcohol availability, marketing and sexual health risk amongst youth in South Africa. Research findings and policy recommendations from Soul City’s work have been presented in national media and have contributed to advocacy for public-health oriented legislation.

STRIVE will also take part in the pre-conference symposium on Alcohol and Development. In a session about middle-income countries’ research and advocacy, Lebohang Letsela will share experiences from South Africa.

STRIVE have a wide range of resources available on the topic of alcohol, policy, youth and sexual health risk - please share them with your networks. We have gathered outputs into two handy lists:

  • a general one-pager guide to key resources
  • a one-pager on resources and media coverage with a focus on South Africa, compiled by Soul City Institute