|Project||IGAM-KTP WORKSHOP 1|
Developing and publishing an Alcohol Intervention toolkit booklet which will be utilized to organise community based alcohol intervention programs
|Project Partners||Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)|
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES
The IGAM workshop initially began as a group discussion which was then developed and expanded into an Alcohol Intervention toolkit. This toolkit was then shared during the subsequent IGAM workshops and became a successful and integral part of the training and knowledge transfer tool.
In order to share the toolkit and advocate the eorts to a wider group of people, the committee decided to publish it in a booklet format. To ensure that the new toolkit booklets are eective, user-friendly and easily understood, a workshop was co-organised with UMS to obtain feedback on the edited content, illustrations and exercises. 44 people participated in the workshop, providing feedback and suggestions on how to improve and upgrade the toolkit for future use.
TESTIMONY BY VOLUNTEER
“The participants were quite interactive when asked about how to improve the content of each booklet and gave good suggestions, such as to use real photos instead of just illustrations.” -Mr Jarreau Chong
|Locations||Kg Nambayan, Tambunan|
|Period||20th August 2016|
Obtained benecial data, suggestions and feedback from participants to improve the Alcohol Intervention Toolkit which will be used in future IGAM workshops
According to a 2011 research by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), 17% of the population of Sabah were heavy alcohol drinkers, and about 50% of them drink in a hazardous way. Throughout the years, alcohol misuse has continued to be an ongoing problem as it is easily available and culturally acceptable, especially during festival. To help address this issue, the Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Sabah under MERCY Malaysia Sabah Chapter has organised several IGAM workshops since 2012. Among its objectives are to develop grass root leaders who would have the capacity to organise community based alcohol intervention programs in their respective locality and ultimately help reduce the rate of alcohol misuse in Sabah.