Ministry of Health in conjunction with Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance will on August 18, 2017, launch the Malawi National Alcohol Policy which will among other things help check alcohol abuse.
According to a press statement released issued on Monday, the launch of the policy will be held at Kantchito Primary School Ground, in the area of Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza District and Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi will be guest of honuour.
The statement indicates that since 1979, Malawi has enacted a range of legislative documents aimed at reducing alcohol abuse but most of the provisions therein are outdated such that they do not conform to the current international standards.
“With the policy in place, communities will be supported and empowered to use their local knowledge and expertise in adopting effective approaches to prevent and reduce the harmful use of alcohol,” the statement outlined, adding that the policy document feeds into the National Action Plan on the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases.
The government of Malawi in conjunction with Drug Fight Malawi, a local non-governmental organization advocating for reduction of drugs’ and alcohol abuse started developing the National Alcohol policy in 2017.
The statement urged all stakeholders to play a critical role in ensuring smooth implementation of the policy at all levels arguing government alone cannot do it successfully.
According to the WHO Global Status Report of 2014, alcohol abuse is a major global concern, contributing to death, disease and injury among people.
The Malawi Cabinet approved the National Alcohol Policy on January 26, 2017. The Liquor Act (1979) and the Road Traffic, Taxation and Consumer Protection Acts are current legislation that talks about alcohol.