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Alcohol Consumption; a Leading Risk Factor for Cancer. But Awareness and Policy Response Remain Inadequate – VALDa

On World Cancer Day, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is pleased to associate itself to the call by countries, the World Health Organization and civil societies who are joining forces to raise awareness of the global cancer burden and take further steps to better prevent and reduce cancer.

The need to step up cancer prevention and control around the world and in Ghana is immense amidst Covid-19. For instance, the WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. An estimated 81% in new cases will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently lowest.

After tobacco (18%), alcohol is the second biggest cause of cancer – long before other risk factors such as infections (3%), physical inactivity, or sunlight.

“The fact that alcohol is a carcinogen has been clearly confirmed,” says Labram Musah, Director at Vision for Alternative Development.

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VALD warn against tobacco, alcohol consumption as it marks World Cancer Daya

On World Cancer Day, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is pleased to associate itself to the call by countries, the World Health Organization and civil societies who are joining forces to raise awareness of the global cancer burden and take further steps to better prevent and reduce cancer.

The need to step up cancer prevention and control around the world and in Ghana is immense amidst Covid-19. For instance, the WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. An estimated 81% in new cases will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently lowest.

After tobacco (18%), alcohol is the second biggest cause of cancer – long before other risk factors such as infections (3%), physical inactivity, or sunlight.

“The fact that alcohol is a carcinogen has been clearly confirmed,” says Labram Musah, Director at Vision for Alternative Development.

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Alcohol second biggest cause of cancer - VALDa

Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation, has, on the occasion of World Cancer Day today, 4 February 2021, said alcohol consumption is a leading risk factor for cancer but awareness and policy response remains inadequate in Ghana about it.

“After tobacco, alcohol is the second biggest cause of cancer – long before other risk factors such as infections, physical inactivity, or sunlight,” VALD said in a statement.

“The fact that alcohol is a carcinogen has been clearly confirmed,” Labram Musah, Director at VALD noted.

“In fact, science knows since the 1980s that alcohol causes cancer. But we are concerned because public awareness and policy action has so far been inadequate,” he added.

VALD bemoaned further that public awareness on the causes of cancer is low as compared to other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

“Alcoholic advertisements are aired on television, radio and online portals without in-depth education on the end results of the consumption,” the statement said.

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Give Cancer Prevention awareness equal attention as HIV/AIDS–VALD to Govta

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a NON Governmental Organisation (NGO) that specialized in Non Communicable disease has called on government, especially the Ministry of health to give equal priority to Cancer prevention awareness campaign as given to HIV/AIDS in the country.

According to the NGO, Cancer is deadly just as HIV/AIDS and government and it’s health agencies should pay equal priority in educating the citizenry about it danger.

The VALD made the call in a press statement in commemoration of World Cancer Day, which is been observed annually on February 4.

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VALD urges Govt to Activate Tobacco Consumption Laws a

….as it launches Tobacco Industry Index Report

Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a Non-Governmental Organization has officially launched its first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index in Ghana and called on government to activate laws against tobacco consumption.
The Report indicated that government effort in tackling tobacco industry interference have been slow and are far from satisfactory to the fight against tobacco and its related product in the country.
Mr. Labram Musah, Programmes Director of VALD at a press conference on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 said the Ghana’s Tobacco Industry Interference Index sought to evaluate the extent of the tobacco Industry’s influence on Ghana’s policy efforts to control the use of tobacco.

According to him, despite the damming effects of tobacco and its related products on the lives of Ghanaians, the government has done little to make the product unattractive for consumption.

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Stakeholders express need for increases in tax on tobacco and alcohol a

Participants at a day’s stakeholders meeting has expressed the need for the government to increase taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened products to raise revenue and to protect the lives of the citizenry.

It was attended by representatives of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Ghana Police Service, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance and other civil society organisations (CSOs). The meeting was organised by the Vision for Alternative Development and Ghana Tax Advocacy Network for Health Promotion, non –governmental organisations and supported by the Framework Convention Alliance and the Norwegian Cancer Society.

Mr Divine D. Logo at the Research Division of the Ghana Health Service who presented rapid assessment findings on tobacco, alcohol and sugar products said the demand for the products could be reduced through taxation and pricing mechanisms.

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2021 Budget should increase taxes on tobacco, alcoholic beverages-VALD a

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation has launched a 2020 Tobacco Industry Interferences Index Report-Ghana with a call on government to announce in its 2021 budget tax increases on tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy products.

It stated that since 2015, there had not been tax increases on tobacco products thus making it cheap in the market for the youth and vulnerable groups to patronize to the detriment of their health.

The Report, the first of its kind presents findings on tobacco industry interference in Ghana government’s attempt to develop policies, measures and the overall implementation of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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VALD launches Tobacco Industry Index Report in Ghana a

According to the Index, the government’s efforts in tackling tobacco industry interference have been slow and unsatisfactory in the fight against tobacco and its related products in Ghana.

Programmes Director at VALD, Labram Musah, told journalists at on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 that Ghana’s Tobacco Industry Interference Index is an evaluation of the extent to which the tobacco Industry’s influence on Ghana’s policy efforts in the control of tobacco.

He said despite the damming effects of tobacco and its related products on the lives of Ghanaians, the government has done very little to make the product unattractive for consumption. VALD renewed its calls for an increase in taxes, reduction in the importation, ban where possible to discourage the tobacco industry players from contributing their social responsibility in the society.

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Group Calls On Gov't To Increase Taxes For Tobacco, Alcohol Companies To Reduce Patronage a

Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is calling on the government to as a matter of urgency increase taxation for Tobacco, alcohol, as well as Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) companies to trigger the increase in prices of the commodities to deter its use.

The Advocacy group on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, launched a tobacco industry index report highlighting the alarming usage of the product and alcohol in the country.The findings in the report of the survey which was conducted in selected communities in the Greater Accra Region have revealed that the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and SSBs are on the ascendency, largely because of its cheapness, availability, and accessibly.

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  Africa it’s time to Make Big Polluters Pay a

Mass mobilizations and marches happening across the globe makes these times very interesting. From the United States to Europe, Asia and Africa’s people are saying enough is enough and demanding an end to global systemic injustice. Big Polluters

Ironically, these marches are happening at that time of the year when ideally, hundreds of government delegates and climate justice activists from all over the world usually converge on Bonn in Germany to assess the strategies and progress of the Paris Agreement in dealing with the climate change crisis. This year’s meeting will not hold; no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has engulfed the whole world.

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  COVID-19;Smokers are at risk save them Mr Presidenta

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has said there are overwhelming evidences that smokers are at higher risk of getting other respiratory infections and compromising their immune systems.

The VALD, therefore, advised all smokers to halt the habit and adapt to healthier lifestyles to keep their immune systems stronger.

In a release copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday, it said the World Health Organisation, which was leading the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, has warned that "any kind of tobacco smoking is harmful to the bodily systems, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems," as they were high risk factors to COVID-19 infections.

"We have been told by experts including the Ministry of Health, WHO, and other respected institutions across the globe that people with underlying health challenges stand high risk to contracting COVID-19."

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  Africa, Its Time To Make Big Polluters Pay- 19.08.2020a

Mass mobilizations and marches happening across the globe makes these times very interesting. From the United States, to Europe, Asia and Africa people are saying enough is enough and demanding an end to global systemic injustice.

Ironically, these marches are happening at that time of the year when ideally, hundreds of government delegates and climate justice activists from all over the world usually converge on Bonn in Germany to assess the strategies and progress of the Paris Agreement in dealing with the climate change crisis. This year’s meeting will not hold; no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has engulfed the whole world.

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Nigeria: At Africa Climate Week, CSOs, Farmers Seek Stronger Emphasis On Climate Change Adaptation

More than 40 civil society organisations across Africa Thursday unanimously agreed that the region's governments need to pay urgent attention to climate change issues.

In a joint statement issued at the end of the 2019 Africa Climate Week held in Accra, Ghana, the group called for a transformation of the current industrial agriculture by prioritising agroecology.

The theme for this year's event, which held between March 18 - 22, was 'Climate Action in Africa: A race we can win.'

"The solution to climate change is within the realm of non-market mechanisms and pro-people initiatives," said Labram Musah of the Vision for Alternative Development, Ghana.

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b   5,000 Ghanaian children between 10-14 years smoke - VALD - 1 June 2020a

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has called on the government to ban shisha in the country because apart from the harm it causes, its sales contradict the provisions of the tobacco control measures.

VALD stated that despite being a party to the World Health Organisation Framework on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and effectively passing and adopting a tobacco control law within the Public Health Act, 2012 and Tobacco Control Regulations, 2016 (L.I.2247), Ghana is yet to effectively implement and enforce provisions of the laws that protects and expose children and the youth from cigarettes and other forms of tobacco products such as shisha/water pipe etc

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Why the FDA Must Maintain the Ban Preventing Celebrities from Alcohol Advertisement-February 25, 2020

For sure, no attempt by some members of the Ghanaian media and some Ghanaian celebrities to pressure the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to lift the ban preventing celebrities from alcohol advertisement in Ghana should be entertained.This is especially because the motive for the ban is in the best interest of public health and the protection of our children.

Speaking for a large number of concerned Ghanaians, we are devastated by the insistence of some of the celebrities to be permitted to endorse alcohol beverages despite all the clarifications and reasons that have been given in support of the public health directive.

 

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You're selfish – 7 NGOs tackle Wendy Shay on alcohol ad ban- January 18, 2020

Some NGOs have chastised Afropop songstress Wendy Shay for encouraging her colleague celebrities to fight the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) over the ban on the advertisement of alcoholic products by people of her calibre.

Wendy Shay, in a tweet, said she lost a foreign contract due to the FDA ban.

“I just lost a deal worth 1000s of dollars with this foreign alcohol company…I didn’t know in Ghana celebrities can’t advertise for alcoholic beverages according to FDA. Like Seriously?! Small food we go chop too u wan take 4rm our mouth. Gh celebs wake up !!FDA Lift dat ban!!” the tweet said.

But the ‘Uber Driver’ hitmaker has been asked by the NGOs to apologise to Ghanaians, especially the youth, for her trantrums.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance, Labram Musah, on Friday, 17 January 2020, expressed disappointment in Wendy Shay

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Apologise for comments on alcohol ban - NGOs to Wendy Shay - 17 January 2020

A number of civil society groups have demanded that Afrobeats artiste, Wendy Shay, apologise to Ghanaian youth for asking the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to lift the ban on celebrities endorsing alcoholic beverages.

The organisations are Vision for Alternative Development, Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance, Ghana NCD Alliance, Community Health Support Team, Institute for Leadership and Development Tax, Advocacy Network for Health Promotion and Media Alliance in Tobacco Control.

In a statement released on Friday, January 17, and signed by the General Secretary of the Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance, Labram Musah, the groups said they were disappointed in Wendy Shay.

“We are very disappointed and troubled over the comment and call on Wendy Shay to apologise to all the youth and young people.

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Increase taxes on unhealthy products to finance health in Ghana - NGOs-18 October 2019

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and the Ghana Tax Advocacy Network for Health Promotion, both non-governmental organisations, have called on government to increase taxes on unhealthy commodities in the 2020 budget to finance health in the country.

Some of the unhealthy products that must attract tax increases are tobacco, alcohol products and sugar sweetened beverages.

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Ban Sale of Cigarette, Alcohol in Ghana amid COVID-19 – Gov’t Advised  


Government urged to increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol in 2020 Budget
17th Oct 2019

Stakeholders fighting against the spread of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country are proposing an increment in taxes on tobacco, cigarette, alcohol and other sugar-sweetened products to increase their prices so as to make them unattractive for consumption.

“We’re holding this stakeholder engagement to discuss raising taxes on unhealthy products to improve and to devise a strategy to ensure that the best tax regime system is adopted to advance public health,” Mr Labram Musah, Programs Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), said recently in Accra.

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MoH Proposes Higher Tobacco Taxes-10 September 2019

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has initiated processes towards increasing taxes for alcohol, tobacco and other harmful products to generate enough revenue to support the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Deputy Minister of Health, Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, has disclosed.

The move, which is expected to happen before the end of the year, is also aimed at reducing the intake of such harmful products, thereby, reducing healthcare cost and also improving the general well-being of all Ghanaians.

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Accra, Ghana: 2019 Pre-WNTD Launch Event-27 May 2019

The Food and Drugs Authority, the Ministry of Health, the Non-Communicable Diseases Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service, the World Health Organization, Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and other partners held a pre-WNTD health walk to create awareness about tobacco and its effects on lungs.]

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