Stakeholders, policy makers, civil society Set to discuss Uganda alcohol policy on Wednesday


From left Richard Baguma Tinkasimire, Dr. David Kalema and Dr. Nazarius Mbona addressing a press conference at Hope and Beyond offices. photo by Ronald Kabuye

By Ronald Kabuye
in a bid to reduce alcohol harm in the country, civil society uniting under the Uganda Alcohol Policy Alliance (UAPA) have organized the first ever Uganda alcohol policy conference that will bring together key stakeholders to discuss a comprehensive strategy for controlling alcohol harm in the country.
The conference shall take place on Wednesday 28 to Thursday 29 November this week under the theme unite against alcohol harm: a call for action.
According to World Health Organization WHO, harmful use of alcohol is responsible for 3.3 million deaths every year and leads to more than 200 disease and injury condition.
Dr. David Kalema the Chairperson UAPA organizing committee revealed that their recently concluded alcohol status report indicates that alcohol is 80% accessible in Uganda and 98% in Kampala, under age consumption stands at 61%, informal made alcohol which is the most dangerous stands at 31%, parents play 28% role in promoting alcohol use in the children and 80% spent 0-20% while 12.8% spent 21-40% of their income on alcohol.
The report also indicates that it contributes 28% to gender bases violence while 11% of women were reportedly forced to have sex under influence of alcohol and 27% of parents abuse the children due to alcohol use.
Dr. Nazarius Mbona from Makerere University School of public health says that reducing alcohol harm is possible if there is commitment and combined effort from everyone towards the cause.
In the same way Richard Baguma Tinkasimire the program coordinator lashed out government officials, legislators and law enforcers for being in bed with the alcohol industry instead of protecting Ugandans who trust them with power.

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