Reducing alcohol-related HIV risk in Katutura, Namibia

A. Gregowski, G. Garzon, and K. Fritz. AIDSTAR-One, 2012; Focus area, prevention Download publication

Findings from a multi-level intervention with bar owners, servers, patrons and community members.

This report, co-written by STRIVE researcher Katherine Fritz, summarises the findings of formative research on alcohol and HIV risk in a new and rapidly growing settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek, Namibia.

The findings reveal how bar owners, staff, patrons, and community members perceive the risks and benefits of alcohol consumption. The research clarified the feasibility of three proposed intervention components, which included:

  • creating an HIV- and alcohol-risk averse bar environment
  • mobilizing the community for self-regulation of bars
  • decreasing the total number of bars operating in the community by training bar owners and staff in reliable livelihoods other than alcohol production and sale.

Download the poster based on this research, presented at AIDS 2012.

Browse resources from the PEPFAR National Alcohol Initiative satellite event at AIDS 2012, including a presentation by Katherine Fritz, 'Developing policy and programmes to address alcohol use as part of a national HIV prevention strategy'.

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