|Project||Intervention Groups for Alcohol Misuse (IGAM) Seminar|
• To train the participants from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and local commnuties to handle alcohol misuse
|Project Partners||• IOGT International • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) • Sabah State Health Department • Mental Health Association Johor|
• Training rural community leaders in handling alcohol misuse • Launched booklets on alcohol misuse
|Period||• 21 to 22 April 2012 • 8 September 2012|
• Rural community leaders all over Sabah including Labuan participated in the seminar • Committees were formed in each village to promote awareness and encourage the reduction of alcohol misuse in local communities
The use of alcohol among non-Muslims in Sabah is commonly practiced during celebrations, social gatherings and even during periods of mourning. However, the importance of drawing the line between the use and misuse of alcohol needs serious consideration as a public health issue. Alcohol misuse impacts both the individual and the broader community – affecting the income of families and the well-being and harmony of a community.
MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia held two seminars in 2012, during the month of April and September which was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Helen Benedict Lasimbang , MERCY Malaysia’s Coopted Executive Council member. These seminars aimed to train participants on how to prevent alcohol misuse in their communities. Participants who attended the seminars included MoH personnel, rural community leaders and leaders of interested organisations from the interior and West Coast of Sabah. Workshop participants were divided into two groups, professionals (doctors, nurses and professional counsellors) and community and youth leaders to discuss how they could increase community involvement in the prevention of alcohol misuse. There was a platform for community leaders to share their experiences on how the communities have educated and implemented actions to reducing alcohol misuse in their communities.