South Africa Government

09/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2020 01:35

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu leads roundtable discussion on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, 9 Sept

The Deputy Minister of Social Development Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu , Central Drug Authority (CDA) in partnership with Distell and Afrika Tikkun will host a roundtable to join the global community in commemorating the International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.

The international commemoration of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, raises awareness and educates communities about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy which include giving birth to a baby with FAS. The global Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day was first commemorated on 09 September 1999 to remind all persons that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. This year, the day is commemorated under the theme, 'Through the eyes of children.'

Every year on September 9th, International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, bells are rung at 09:09 in every time zone.

The intention of the roundtable is to hear the challenges of parents of disabled children who require high care. The roundtable will focus more on challenges encountered by mothers and their children with disabilities since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in South Africa. of Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be part of implementing the National Drug Master Plan 2019-2024.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the Roundtable Discussion arranged as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020
Time: 09:00
Venue: Afrika Tikkun, Arekopaneng Community Centre, 14356 Main Road, Ext 8B, Orange Farm - Gauteng Province

Members of the media can RSVP by contacting Ms Nomfundo Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 / [email protected](link sends e-mail) / Ms. Makhosazana Mavuso on 072 732 9381 or on [email protected](link sends e-mail)

Media enquiries may be forwarded to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or e-mail: [email protected](link sends e-mail)