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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Global Actions: Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking. Sep 5,2013

Global Actions in Focus
The 20th International council on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety conference
brisbane, australia
ICADTS_logo_1000pxKathryn Stewart of Safety and Policy Analysis International hosted a seminar at the 20th International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference (T2013) in Brisbane, Australia. Stewart’s presentation focused on drink driving initiatives in low- and middle-income countries, concentrating on the progress of initiatives in Nigeria and Vietnam. Stewart is a senior advisor to the Global Actions drink driving initiatives.
Stewart emphasized that while a majority of high-income countries have adopted technologically sophisticated strategies to address drink driving, many low- and middle- income countries have not fully developed basic public education, legal, or enforcement approaches. “ICAP made a significant contribution to T2013 by sharing the promising strategies and results of the drink drive initiatives with researchers and policy makers from the 37 countries represented at the conference,” said Stewart.
Global Actions currently has drink driving campaigns in six low- and middle-income countries: China, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam. During the seminar, Stewart shared overviews of the drink driving initiatives coordinated by ICAP in Nigeria and Vietnam.
In Nigeria, the initiatives mainly focus on educating bus drivers and commercial tanker drivers. These are two groups with some of the highest rates of drink driving road crashes in the country. Education classes for these drivers are complemented by additional distribution of materials on the dangers of drink driving and the intensification of roadside breath tests.
In Vietnam, the main goals are to educate local police officers on road safety awareness issues and train them on equipment to conduct effective road side checkpoints for drink drivers. Through government and local collaborations in the country, ICAP has co-hosted numerous capacity building training courses for health workers, police officials, and community leaders.
Key Recent Milestones
· India: Global Actions hosted a capacity building workshop for 11 state police officials from Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on September 2, 2013.
What's Happening Next
· Netherlands: ICAP Country Managers Mariana Guerra Rendon, Mario Lleras, and Hetal Gandhi will attend the International Road Safety Course at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands from September 15 to 27, 2013. Professor Fred Wegman, a Global Actions senior advisor, will lead the course.