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To mark this year’s International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, which takes place on Friday 9 September 2016, the City today hosted a workshop for women from different areas focusing on the dangers and consequences of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. Read more below.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has partnered with women in rental stock units to fight the scourge of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is a widespread and persistent problem in South Africa and has devastating effects. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy and have several negative consequences for our communities. While it is incurable and the damage is permanent, FAS is entirely preventable.Ahead of International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, the City recruited women from nine areas to participate in tackling the socio-economic challenges linked to FAS. Women from Athlone, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill, Lotus River, Macassar, Manenberg, Ocean View, Ravensmead and Uitsig participated in a workshop today, 7 September 2016, that sought to create awareness about the negative effects of FAS and the different reporting mechanisms in their areas.

‘We conduct awareness workshops and presentations aimed at women, with a special focus on empowering them with preventative information that will eventually help to combat the scourge of alcohol abuse by pregnant women. The workshops highlight the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and stress that FAS can only be diagnosed by a professional medical practitioner

‘These community workshops have been going since 2014 and are at times attended by both women and men. As a caring city, we work to educate residents as far as possible, so that they can work with us to make progress,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little.

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