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FASfacts FASfacts
October 2015
We speak on their behalf
   
 

Beste Opgepaste Baba (BoB)
‘Best Cared-For Baby’

National Statistics released in 2014 indicates that teen pregnancies in the Breede Valley Municipal District are 2% higher than the national average with up to 10% of all pregnant women in this district still in their teens. Nationally more than 80 000 babies are born annually from mothers younger than 18 whilst as many as 39% of school-going girls between the ages of 15 – 19 years already had one pregnancy. In the previous fiscal 717 pregnancies were recorded from primary school learners.

Following these deplorable statistics FASfacts implemented an early educational program named BoB – Beste Opgepaste Baba (Best Cared for Baby) in primary schools for Grade 6 – 7 learners to equip them with life-skills that will influence them to make important and life-changing positive choices including abstinence from alcohol and substance use, and in particular for girls during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding, and with the support of their male partners.

FASfacts make use of Experiential Learning to convey the FAS¹ message to learners through activities that demonstrate the restrictions and limitations that a FAS child may experience in his or her life.

  Highlights  
     
 Beste Opgepaste Baba (BoB)  

 Locals help stem the time of FAS  

 The Slavery of Alcohol  

     

1THE FAS MESSAGE
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a congenital syndrome associated with the consumption of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy, and characterized by retardation of mental development and of physical growth, particularly life-long brain damage with subsequent misbehaviours which has a huge negative impact on our communities.

 
  Francois Grobbelaar   Francois Grobbelaar  
 

Leaners from Roodewal Primary, Worcester taking part in the BoB program and activities

 
 

Locals help stem the time of FAS
Our Pregnant Women Mentoring Project

 The Pregnant Women Mentoring Programme (PWMP) run by FASfacts volunteers work with at-risk communities to raise their awareness about the impact of alcohol consumption.
 
Every morning Rebecca* (not her real name) rises early to fetch water for her plants from the communal tap in the squatter section of Avian Park. The 37-year-old mother of five finds it easier to wake up each morning since she stopped drinking. At the time, she was seven months pregnant with her youngest daughter, who is now a toddler.

Rebecca began drinking when she was 17. “I was living with my sister. She and her boyfriend were drinking. They were also fighting a lot. The tension made me very edgy, so I started drinking as well.”

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The Slavery of Alcohol
The Biggest Threat to South Africa

Alcohol is the main drug in South Africa with 30% of the population being either alcoholics or at risk of becoming so. According to the World Health Organisation, South Africans drink in excess of five billion litres of alcohol per year. If that’s not bad enough, alcohol abuse tends to be a prerequisite to health problems, criminality and socio-economic burdens. But who is the abuser behind these statistics? And what can be done to prevent alcohol abuse?

Despite warning labels on alcoholic beverages, South Africans are hard drinkers. This shocking information goes some way to explaining why South Africa has the highest percent of children born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS¹) in the world at 12.2%. Fighting alcohol abuse in South Africa would also help the fight against a number of health and social issues, which can often be exacerbated by alcohol dependency.

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