Alkoholpolitik und Volksgesundheit

First African KBS meeting for alcohol researchers held in Uganda

Samstag 27. November 2010 von htm

„The price we are paying for the drinking culture in Africa today is that we loose many of our young people“, said Professor Isidore Obot (Nigeria) in his overview of the African situation at the KBS meeting in Kampala, Uganda.
The Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) is an international network of scientists working on alcohol epidemiology and alcohol policy. When the KBS meeting was held in Kampala, Uganda 15-18 November 2010 it was the first time such a meeting was held on the African continent, a fact that was celebrated by several of the speakers.
Alcohol is a considerable burden on the health and welfare of many Africans, a fact that was reported from many of the countries present at the meeting. However, data are missing, and there is an urgent need to produce more documentation to show the size of the problem and how drinking problems are dispersed in regions, countries, genders, age groups and socio-economic groups.
Around 140 participants attended the conference in Uganda, representing 22 countries. More than 100 participants were from African countries. The conference was hosted by the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, together with the Kettil Bruun Society. Here is the website of the KBS meeting and here you can download presentations held at the meeting. (Source: ADD > Alcohol, Drugs and Development, 11/25/10)

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