IDYDC Health Department is implementing the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Project. The major objective is to provide alcohol and drugs consumption prevention among youth 14 to 25 year old and the community in general through community based approach.
We did engage in creating awareness and advocacy on alcohol abuse to decrease high alcohol consumption and reduce risks caused by alcohol abuse.
The increase in alcohol consumption in Iringa most of all had negative impact in the society. Due to Alcohol consumption we have community with higher criminality, higher poverty, bad health, domestic violence and an increase in vulnerable children. Furthermore we also increase the community’s awareness on HIV/AIDS in this project.
ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION PROJECT GOAL
Through the project we aimed at reducing alcohol consumption among youth between 14 and 25 year-old hence we used sport as an approach to reach the target group of the project.
Areas of implementation are:
Iringa Urban and Rural
- Kilolo District
A total number of 1647 youth team players reached by the alcohol harm messages and awareness campaign in 2013 alone through football.
A total amount of TZS 67,989,278.00 (about USD 41,000) raised and disbursed to implement the awareness campaign. The main donor of the project is IOGT from Sweden.
Opening time of the alcohol local pubs in is now limited in Igingilanyi and Itagutwa village. Pubs now open at 4.00 pm and close at 06.00 pm as a result of village by laws established. In addition 11 young people completely stopped alcohol consumption in Igingilanyi village.
IDYDC managed to establish Iringa Alcohol Abuse prevention Network during Project implementation 2010-2016. The network consists of Regional Government Health Officers, University students, 8 Non Governmental Organisation, 4 religion Institute, security organs (police) and Local Government leaders. We aim to advocate and lobby for a National Alcohol policy as it is also considered as crosscutting agenda.
Health Officers (diseases) and the Police (cases and accidents) during meetings motivated participants/members with their feedback. Consequently they keep on working hard on making sure community members receive adequate information on Alcohol problem.