– Advance public health
– Promote collective action
– Be accountable
– Remain autonomous
– Respect gender and diversity
– Promote development and transformation
– Advocate for no association with the industry and its associates
Staff and volunteers are equally valued and jointly shape the work of the organisation. The skills set within SAAPA ranges from materials development, journalism, campaigning, public health, organisational development, community development, law, treatment, psycho-social support and many more.
On 8 November 2012, SAAPA was established at the inaugural Southern African Alcohol Policy Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Attending the forum were delegates selected from civil society organizations from the following regional countries; Namibia, Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa as well as organisations from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sweden and Norway. The purpose of the forum was to build competence on the alcohol situation on both a local and a global level, exchange policy and prevention work experience and discuss a closer regional collaboration.
The Forum was organised by the two Norwegian NGOs FORUT and Blue Cross together with the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. Co-sponsors were the WHO Regional Office for Africa, the Medical Research Council of South Africa, International Blue Cross (IFBC) and The African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies.
SAAPA is influenced by the SADC’s Protocol on Health which acknowledges that the health of a population contributes to the development of a nation.
SAAPA views SADC and its related health and development oriented policies as a guide for the kind of issues and linkages that governments in the region should employ in the development of evidence -based alcohol policies.
SAAPA endeavours to engage respective governments in the region to influence in-country policy development and implementation as well as lobbying for a SADC alcohol protocol that would support in-country policies.
SAAPA South Africa
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