Parliament to Expedite Passing of the Alcohol Bill to curb Underage Alcohol Consumption
On 22nd February 2018, STF brought together, different stakeholders to forge a way forward towards policy formulation and implementation aimed at curbing underage alcohol consumption. The meeting was graced by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who committed to expedite the passing of the alcohol bill to curb underage alcohol consumption in addition to the other challenges facing alcohol consumption. This meeting followed a petition that was presented by young people to the Speaker of Parliament that resulted to discussing this issue on the floor of Parliament last year. At the same event, five young people were awarded for excelling in a National Red Card to Underage Alcohol Consumption Campaign Essay Competition that required young people to share their experiences about the effects of underage alcohol consumption as well as and suggesting solutions towards curbing the vice. The overall winner, Auma Nancy a Primary Seven Pupil at Padibe Primary School, won a brand new laptop while the runner-ups were given brand new smart phones. The Red Card Campaign targets young people aged 10-17 years aiming to curbing underage alcohol consumption through behavior change communication and policy implementation and formulation initiatives.