SIDE MEETING

SE032

Advancing SAFER – the new WHO-led initiative to reduce alcohol related harm globally

Meeting Organizer

World Health Organization (WHO)

UNITAF

UNDP

IOGT Internatinoal

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance

NCD Alliance

Vital strategies

Contact Person : Dag Rekve, revked@who.int

30 January 2019
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : World Ballroom C, FL. 23

Open to All Participants

BACKGROUND :

The negative health and development consequences of alcohol consumption globally remain substantial. However, some countries have been successful in implementing strong evidence-based, cost-effective and high-impact policies and are seeing positive impacts, demonstrating the potential for positive action. SAFER is a new WHO-led initiative with partners to reduce death, disease and injuries caused by the harmful use of alcohol using high-impact, evidence-based, cost-effective interventions. The SAFER package is a roadmap for countries to implement actions to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, and related health, social and economic consequences. SAFER draws from previous evidence-based WHO guidance, including the Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol and the “best buys” recommended interventions for NCDs. It synthesizes previous guidance to provide countries with a concise and focused set of high-impact actions.

OBJECTIVES :

• To highlight the most recent data on alcohol-related harm presented in the WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 • To offer country examples of cutting-edge interventions to counter this • To present SAFER and discuss how countries could use SAFER to prioritize and monitor their implementation of the most important alcohol policies.

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