|Project||Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM)|
• To address alcohol misuse and harm and alcohol-related issues in the community by introducing a Tool Kit • To discuss the community’s problems in the villages and find solutions together
|Project Partners||• IOGT International • Sabah State Health Department|
Workshop ‘Sharing and Strategising on Handling Alcohol Related Problems’
|Period||• 11 May 2013 • 28 September 2013|
The community leaders in 15 villages took part in the workshop
‘Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse’ (IGAM) was established in 2007 under the umbrella of MERCY Malaysia’s Sabah Chapter. It was initiated due to rampant alcohol abuse and misuse amongst communities. The resultant problems were accepted as common among the people in Sabah because alcohol is easily available. Served during any festival, any social meeting and even during a mourning ceremony, it became common to encounter uncontrolled drunkenness during such events.
The IGAM committee includes health staff working together to undertake the intervention at the community level to raise awareness related to alcohol problems. Using the local approach by involving the leaders in the community, we hope to persuade the community to change their attitude towards alcohol misuse.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
The Intervention Group for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) developed a standard ‘Tool Kit’ to reduce alcohol harm using World Health Organisation (WHO) materials as a guide. This toolkit was introduced to the village community leaders and has been adopted and adapted in the local affected villages. MERCY Malaysia has invested funds for the community to start
their own alcohol awareness workshops in their village. The village committee, together with health staff in their district, will organise the workshop in the village and do the educational sharing during IGAM workshops.