Funded by IOGT NTO Movement, UNACOH is implementing the project in two sugar producing companies Kinyara (Masindi) and Kakira (Jinja). It aims at determining the magnitude of alcohol problem and its related health and economic effects in Uganda’s local industries.
UNACOH started the implementation of Alcohol Project in 2010, in the two largest Sugar Industries in Uganda under the support of IOGT NTO Movement. These industries are Kakira Works Limited in Jinja District and Kinyara Sugar Limited in Masindi District. The key activities were; A Baseline study on Alcohol Control in the two industries, Facilitation of the formulation of Alcohol Control Policies in the industries and creation of awareness amongst the industry workers on alcohol problems.
Jinja district has 3 counties (Health Sub-district) namely, Butembe, Kagoma and Jinja Municipality. The District has 12 Sub-Counties; 46 Parishes and 381 villages and a population of 491,000 Masindi district also has 3 counties with 9 sub-counties and 3 town councils. The District has a population of 292,951
Beginning 2014, the project was extended for duration of three years up to December 2016, with this time a wider coverage including the neighboring communities of the two Sugar industries in the two districts. The Project covers 2 Sub-counties ( Bwijanga and Budongo) in Masindi District out of 11 Sub-counties in the district. While, in Jinja District, the Project is covering 3 Sub-counties (Busede, Kakira and Majubila) out 11 Sub-counties in the District. Therefore, out of the total 21 Sub-counties in the two Districts, the project covers 5 Sub-counties leaving out 16 Sub-counties not yet reached by the project in the two districts.
The magnitude of alcohol problem in the two districts is still high as indicated in the 2 studies conducted by UNACOH in the two districts in 2012/2014. The problem is worsened by the environmental pollution through contamination of water sources by Morasses from the factories
- Creating awareness about the the dangers of alcohol consumption amongst the communities through the trained Village Health Teams and Industry trainers
- Involvement of School Children and Teamers in Alcohol Control interventions like Sports and Music Dance and Drama
- Advocate for Community alcohol Control By-Laws and facilitate the formulation process
- Addressing Gender Based Violence, especially against Women and Children as a result of alcohol abuse
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Project activities