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Submission number 1318245696796-1446
Submission date
  • 06-Sep-2011
Owner of the commitment EUROCARE
Name of the organisation's representative in the forum Mariann Skar
Name of the affiliated Umbrella Organisation or Federation
Title of the commitment Raising awareness of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Commitment summary Eurocare wishes, through its partnerships with member organizations, The EU Forum on alcohol and health, governments, health authorities and health professionals, to increase the awareness of dangers related to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is one of the most common forms of preventable brain damage. The foetus' brain and nervous system continue to develop throughout pregnancy, and these organs can be harmed at any point by the mother's drinking. The evidence suggests that there is no safe time or safe amount to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Some children with FASD have physical disabilities, but many of the effects are not visible and may include problems with learning, memory, attention, problem solving, behaviour, vision and hearing. They may not understand social situations and their behaviour is often interpreted as problematic, rather than a symptom of an underlying condition.

Mothers and their partners can make healthy choices before, during and after pregnancy. Families, friends and communities can all help. Supporting all women of childbearing years to make healthy choices in pregnancy, including a focus on prenatal alcohol use, provides a foundation for preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Eurocare will aim at raising awareness through a number of activities on an ongoing basis. This will include:
a) Dissemination of information through Eurocare website and newsletter
b) Collaboration with Eurocare members and other interested stakeholders like EUFASD
c) Organising events and meetings
d) Raising awareness among decission makers at national and EU level
e) Promoting health warning labels
Link to further information relating to the commitment www.eurocare.org
Forum members, associated with the commitment
Partners, associated to the commitment

Contact Point

Contact name Mariann Skar
Organisation Eurocare
Title/Position Secretary General
Address
Rue des confederes 96
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel 0032027360572
Fax
Email Mariann.Skar@eurocare.org
If the commitment is implemented in more than one Member State indicate for each country the name of the national contact point

Information about the commitment

Background to the commitment (if any) Eurocare is an European NGO working on alcohol policy, our role is to raise awareness of alcohol related harm.

To achieve our mission we work to:
- Monitor all EU policy developments that have an impact on national alcohol policies
- Promote the developments and implementations of policies that are effective and evidence-based
- Engage in dialogue with decision makers to ensure that the harms caused by alcohol (social, health and economic burden) are taken into consideration in all relevant policy discussions
- Facilitate the collection, collation, analysis, dissemination and utlization of data on alcohol consumption and related harm within the EU and other countries
- Create and nuture alliances between organisations concerned with alcohol related harm

Priority areas
  • Develop information and education programmes on the effect of harmful drinking
Baseline Eurocare and its members have been raising awareness regarding dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy continuously for last 3 years on both national and European level. However, as case studies indicate this area requires more work as awareness of risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy remains low.
Start date Jun-2011
End date Dec-2012
Expected interim date
  • 01-Apr-2012
Final report date
  • 31-Dec-2012
Member states
  • EU
Other concerned countries

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Consumer information

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Counseling

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Education

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Commitment activities in the following Member States

Commitment activities in the following Member States Eurocare and its members will be raising awareness regarding dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on both national and European level. This will achieved through dissemination of information in workshops, policy debates in the European Parliament, speeches at events, Eurocare and its members websites and newsletter. In addition Eurocare is promoting health warning labels, updating its preliminary health warning library and updating its overview over labeling initiatives. These activities aim at moving the debate around health warning labels towards concrete actions.

Information on monitoring

Objectives Increased activities around alcohol and pregnancy including health warning labels in Europe
Relevance (i.e. how will the commitment contribute to achieving the aim of the Forum ?) Increased awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy should reduce the harms to the unborn baby and thereby fulfil the aim of the Forum.

Input indicators

Number of people involved 3
Time spent (Man/hours) 3/2
Cost (please indicate in €) 2000 event costs, 3000 library, 2000 labelling update plus manpower
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Information on monitoring

Number of people reached 650 million Europeans
Number of people in the target group reached 200
Number of participants in different activities 120
Web site visitors 3000
Number of products website, 1 event, 2 reports
Number of pamphlets/adverts website
Established number of contacts
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Details about the monitoring report

Title of the commitment
Raising awareness of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
EUROCARE
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
EUROCARE
Is this a report for an ongoing commitment or a final report?
INTERMEDIATE
What is the time period covered by this report (in the case of a final report, the reporting period is the life span of the commitment)?
1.6.2011 - 1.3.2012
Point of contact for the commitment (the person authorised by the organisation owning the commitment who can be contacted for information about the commitment):
Skar Mariann
Secretary General
Rue des confederes 96
1000 Brussels Belgium
0032 027360572

Mariann.Skar@eurocare.org
Commitment summary (based on summary given in original commitment form):
Eurocare wishes, through its partnerships with member organizations, The EU Forum on alcohol and health, governments, health authorities and health professionals, to increase the awareness of dangers related to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is one of the most common forms of preventable brain damage. The foetus' brain and nervous system continue to develop throughout pregnancy, and these organs can be harmed at any point by the mother's drinking. The evidence suggests that there is no safe time or safe amount to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Some children with FASD have physical disabilities, but many of the effects are not visible and may include problems with learning, memory, attention, problem solving, behaviour, vision and hearing. They may not understand social situations and their behaviour is often interpreted as problematic, rather than a symptom of an underlying condition.

Mothers and their partners can make healthy choices before, during and after pregnancy. Families, friends and communities can all help. Supporting all women of childbearing years to make healthy choices in pregnancy, including a focus on prenatal alcohol use, provides a foundation for preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Eurocare will aim at raising awareness through a number of activities on an ongoing basis. This will include:
a) Dissemination of information through Eurocare website and newsletter
b) Collaboration with Eurocare members and other interested stakeholders like EUFASD
c) Organising events and meetings
d) Raising awareness among decission makers at national and EU level
e) Promoting health warning labels
Web site/s relating to the commitment
www.eurocare.org
Description of the implementation of the commitment
Eurocare and its members has been raising awareness regarding dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on both national and European level. This has been achieved through dissemination of information in workshops, policy debates in newspapers at national level and in the European Parliament 7.9, speeches at events, Eurocare and its members websites and newsletter.

In addition Eurocare is promoting health warning labels and has together with EUFASD has updated its overview over labeling initiatives. These activities aim at moving the debate around health warning labels towards concrete actions.
Objectives (cf. sections 4-5 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter): in which way and to which extent have the objectives set out in the original commitment form been achieved in the reporting period?
Increased activities around alcohol and pregnancy including health warning labels in Europe
Relevance (i.e. how did the commitment during the reporting period contribute to achieving the overall aims of the Forum - cf. section 3 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Increased awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy should reduce the harms to the unborn baby and thereby fulfil the aim of the Forum.
Input indicators (resources allocated to the commitment ("What was done to put the objectives into practice?") - cf. section 5a of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Event in European Parliament 7.9 - costs manpower, printing, information, speakers, coffee, lunch, flights

Manpower to produce Overview labelling initiatives and printing

Newsletter and website information - regularly updates
Output indicators (measure from a quantitative point of view the results created through the use of inputs ("What was achieved with the resources allocated to the commitment") - cf. section 5b of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
more than 800 receive newsletter
4000 website visitors
140 participants in the event on the 7.9 from 15 European countries with the European Commissioner Dalli, Polish deputy health minister, WHO Europe +++
1000 Health warning cards sent to EU decisions makers
Outcome and impact indicators (how successful has the commitment been during the reporting period in relation to the original objectives - cf. section 6 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter. These indications go beyond the minimum agreed requirements to monitor a commitment, and it is expected that this type of evaluation will not be carried out for all commitments.)
Short term
Information in newsletter and website
Health warning cards
Update labeling initiative report
Event in European parliament
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Long term
Other
Evaluation details (tools and methods used, internal or external evaluators...)
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