coordinator of International Organisation of Good Templers (IOGT) – Gambia
Alagie B. Janneh has recently returned from the West African Alcohol Policies
Alliance (WAAPA) regional board meeting which was held in Sierra Leone’s
capital, Freetown from 15th to 19th January. The regional meeting was attended
by various WAAPA members.
Briefing the media upon his arrival at the airport, Mr. Janneh said this was the Alliance’s first physical meeting in Freetown alongside other partnership meetings with IOGT international officials and other stakeholders.
He said the meeting was a successful one geared towards the prevention and control of alcohol in West Africa.
Mr. Janneh pointed out that some of the recommendations that emerged from the meeting were for countries to form national alliances that will be affiliated to the regional one and strengthening of capacities in the areas of substance abuse like alcohol and drugs. “I was impressed and appreciative of this gesture,” he said.
He said meeting will help to promote and facilitate information sharing on alcohol and alcohol related issues and to initiate, facilitate and conduct research on alcohol and alcohol policies and programs as well as to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations and development professionals involved in alcohol policies and programmes. “It will also encourage, support and strengthen partnership between member organizations and programmes on the implementation of alcohol policies and programmes.”
According to Mr. Janneh, the meeting will greatly help member countries to promote and advocate for national, regional and continental policies, programmes and regulatory framework on alcohol and alcohol related issues; to mobilize and facilitate access to financial, human and technical assistance and resources required for the development, implementation and evaluation of alcohol policies and program.