Low-income urban communities in southern Africa typically experience the double burden of high HIV prevalence and harmful rates of alcohol use. The wide availability of inexpensive alcohol and the high number of informal, unlicensed bars have been identified as part of the problem. However, in many such communities, alcohol selling is a cornerstone of the informal economy.
This presentation is based on a 3-year demonstration project by AIDSTAR-One and is part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Interagency Alcohol Initiative. The aim of the project was to mobilize community leaders, members and informal bar owners to develop and implement structural strategies for reducing alcohol-related harm in their community.
Katherine Fritz is Director of Global Health at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). She is a social-behavioural scientist and served as the Lead Technical Specialist on the prevention of alcohol-related HIV risk for AIDSTAR-One and as Principal Investigator for the AIDSTAR-One Demonstration Project on Alcohol and HIV in Katutura, Namibia.
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