Healthy Mother, Healthy baby programme launched

2015-09-16 06:00
Representatives of organisations who addressed the guests at the launch of the all new Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby (HMHB) programme in Bethelsdorp last week are, from left, Leana Olivier, Chief Executive Officer of FARR, Sakhumzi Somyo, MEC of finan

Representatives of organisations who addressed the guests at the launch of the all new Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby (HMHB) programme in Bethelsdorp last week are, from left, Leana Olivier, Chief Executive Officer of FARR, Sakhumzi Somyo, MEC of finan

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THE Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) joined hands with the South African Breweries (SAB) and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board, and launched the all new Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby (HMHB) programme in Bethelsdorp last week.

“We don’t want to see people indulging in alcohol, while they carry the future,” said Sakhumzi Somyo, MEC of finance, economic development, environmental affairs and tourism of the Provincial Government, at the launch.

The HMHB programme is aimed at encouraging pregnant women to abstain from drinking alcohol, as it can result in their baby having Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This disorder can result in a child having lifelong brain damage.

Leana Olivier, Chief Executive Officer of FARR, also attended the launch, and during her speech said, “Research around FAS is currently taking place in 14 schools in Bethelsdorp.”

The research should be completed by the middle of next year.

“There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy; not even one drop is acceptable,” said Olivier.

South African Breweries and the Eastern Cape Liquor Board have joined forces with FARR in support of the initiative.

The programme also aims to educate and train nurses and teachers, on how to work with children who suffer from FAS. It also looks at means and ways to assist new mothers whose babies have been affected with FAS

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