Topic: Civil Society

MEMBER NEWS: India: HRIDAY Research Exposes Netflix and Big Tobacco

HRIDAY research exposes an alliance between Netflix and other streaming services and Big Tobacco in India.
A recent study conducted by HRIDAY has found that online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime often violate Indian tobacco marketing regulations on movies and TV shows that they stream…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Industry Exposed for Shifting Blame to Consumers

Public health experts in South Africa have exposed the alcohol industry for shifting the blame of alcohol harm to consumers.
Initiated by Sonke Gender Justice, the first joint discussion was held for a civil society campaign to achieve a “new normal” in South African society where the availability of alcohol is permanently reduced to prevent alcohol-related harms, including interpersonal and gender-based violence (GBV) and murders…

BLOG: The Alcohol Policy Situation in East Africa During COVID-19

Already before the current coronavirus crisis, alcohol harm placed a heavy burden on communities across East Africa. As COVID-19 struck the region and governments responded in different ways, numerous concerns emerged regarding another wave of alcohol harm.
In this comprehensive blog post, William explores the aspects that matter most to this story: How are political leaders responding? How is the alcohol industry working to exploit the public health crisis? How have people respected or circumvented the alcohol-related lockdown measures and what has civil society done to stem the tide of alcohol harm?
Lots of questions. And the answers are shocking, compelling, infuriating and hope inspiring…

BLOG: The Power of An Idea

Sweden’s current ANDT-Strategy is expiring in 2020. A large number of civil society organizations have therefore come together to develop a shadow strategy for the government’s work to prevent and reduce harm from alcohol, narcotic drugs, doping, tobacco and gambling. The purpose is to contribute to the development of the future national ‘ANDTS-Strategy’ and in this way to strengthen and improve Sweden’s overall work to protect people from the harms caused by alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling.
In her blog post, Irma sketches out how the work of the NGO coalition came about and to fruition. It all started with the idea of one member of IOGT-NTO…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish Government Nominates IOGT-NTO for EESC

The Swedish government has nominated IOGT-NTO for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Earlier in May, the Swedish Network for Non-communicable Diseases, in which IOGT NTO is a member organization, nominated Irma Kilim, IOGT-NTO’s Head of Drug Policy, as a representative to the EESC Swedish seat. The government has decided to nominate Irma Kilim as one of the 12 representatives of Sweden in the EESC…

MEMBER NEWS: Junis: New Report Shows Lack of Support for Vulnerable Children

New report by Junis shows there is a lack of support for vulnerable children in Sweden.The common finding was that while more and more municipalities are becoming aware of children needing support services, and some municipalities have support services, these still don’t reach the children who really need it…

MEMBER NEWS: Kenya: Civil Society Opposes ‘Essential’ Status for Tobacco, Alcohol

Under the leadership of Movendi International members are civil Society organizations in Kenya opposing the granting of ‘essential’ status for tobacco and alcohol. Movendi International members Alcohol Control Policy Network (ACPN) along with the International Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) and the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca) are calling on the government to remove the two substances from the list…

MEMBER NEWS: Sri Lanka: ADIC Calls on President to Halt Alcohol Availability Increase During COVID-19

Sri Lanka banned alcohol sales along with imposing curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 from late March. On Sunday April 19, the government decided to lift the alcohol ban along with relaxing the curfew measures. The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), a member of Movendi International, has expressed criticism of and opposition against this measure as it will increase availability of alcohol during the pandemic and likely harm people and burden people and communities further…

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NEWS: Liberia: Civil Society Requests Better Alcohol Control

Civil society organization Liberia Alcohol Policy Alliance (LAPA) driven by Movendi International members, is calling for better alcohol control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic…

NEWS: WHO Releases Children’s Story Book to Cope with COVID-19

The book titled “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” features the fantasy creature Ario. It is aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years and teaches kids how to protect themselves, family and friends from the virus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality…