|Project||INTERVENTION GROUP FOR ALCOHOL MISUSE: SPORTS AND CULTURAL CARNIVAL WITHOUT ALCOHOL|
• Promote a healthy and alcohol free lifestyle through positive community activities.
• Instil and strengthen the Agotongroyong’ spirit and togetherness in the community.
|Project Partners||Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Tambunan District Oce|
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES
The ‘Sports and Cultural Carnival without Alcohol’ was the rst event of its kind to be conducted in Sabah which was organised by MERCY Malaysia and University Malaysia Sabah (UMS). It received positive feedback from the community and was commended by the Tambunan District Ocer in his ociating speech during the event. Other than organising a ‘gotong royong’ session and fun sports activities, there was also an exhibition by MERCY Malaysia. It shared and explained useful information such as the safe drinking standards consumed per person according to World Health Organization, as well as helpful tips and advice on how to stay away from alcohol.
|Locations||Kg Nambayan, Tambunan|
|Period||23rd April – 24th April 2016|
More than 300 participants ranging from the elderly, adults and children from 11 villages turned up to support this healthy event
The Malaysian National Health Morbidity Survey 2015 stated that 8.4% adults consume alcohol, with 28.4% of the current drinkers drinking in a risky way. Among the states in Malaysia, Sabah ranks third after Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak in terms of alcohol consumption. Findings from a researcher of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) stated that 17% of the population in Sabah were heavy alcohol drinker and about 50% of them do so in hazardous way. However, this is preventable through eective interventions. One of the eective ways that attract more people to attend alcohol awareness program is through sports events that promote healthy and alcohol free lifestyle.