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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Global Actions: Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking. Sep 19, 2013

Global Actions in Focus
Drink driving initiative in nigeria
Post-intervention survey
From August 26 to September 2, 2013, researchers from the University of Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials conducted a post-intervention survey for the Lagos Apapa Drink Driving Intervention Initiative. The researchers surveyed 509 petroleum tanker drivers from various oil companies in the Apapa region with the questionnaires
administered verbally by research interviewers. Petroleum tanker image003.jpg@01CEB44Edrivers were targeted in both the baseline and post-intervention surveys in Apapa because of the particular danger drink driving poses when they transport highly inflammable products. Researchers asked drivers about their driving experience, drinking patterns, and attitudes toward drink driving, as well as tested each driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.
The results from the breath tests found that 98.6% of drivers tested possessed a zero BAC. Approximately 0.8% of the drivers possessed a BAC over 0.050 mg, a 50% reduction from the baseline survey conducted in July 2013.
image007.jpg@01CEB44EIn addition to the baseline and post-intervention surveys, the Strap and Safe Child Initiative partnered with the Global Actions Drink Driving Initiative in Apapa and successfully launched a health education intervention. Volunteers from the Lagos-based NGO distributed information, education, and communication (IEC) materials to petroleum tanker drivers and alcohol beverage retailers in the Lagos-Apapa area. The materials discussed the dangers of drink driving and were handed out during local carnivals and road shows.
Ms. Bola Edwards, the Strap and Safe Child Initiative Executive Director said, “We see the enthusiasm that greeted our intervention this year as a testimonial of how important our work is to this all important sector of our economy.”
Key Recent Milestones
· Thailand: ICAP Country Manager Panrasri Khonputsa and Khun Chavlit of Pernod Ricard met with Ministry of Public Health officials and the Deputy Director General of the Department of Disease Control on September 17, 2013 to discuss upcoming initiatives in Thailand.
What's Happening Next
· China: ICAP and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) will host a capacity building workshop on September 24, 2013.