FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Aware.org works closely with the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR), who are the leading NGO source of research and information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Prince Albert towards Health (PATH)
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Study is conducted to determine the prevalence rate in the Prince Albert Municipal area, Western Cape. The PATH project has been done in partnership with FARR since 2016. Through this project, awareness regarding substance abuse, including alcohol abuse is created through the following:
- Awareness and training – this programme hopes to empower and support the community members to make informed decisions, and to know what resources are available to get help, when required
- It enables the community and local service providers (professionals and NGOs/CBOs) to include FARR’s awareness and prevention models into their daily service delivery to decrease the FASD prevalence rate
- The target group for this programme are community members, families, women of childbearing age and their partners, children and people with FASD in Prince Albert, Leeu Gamka and Klaarstroom, Western Cape areas
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Rustenburg
The Rustenburg towards Health Project will be rolled out from 2018 to 2020. The intervention rollout includes the following components on this project:
- Research Diagnosis and Management: FASD Prevalence Study
- Awareness and Prevention: Increase awareness about importance of FASD prevention
- Training Academy: Train health professionals and social workers, educators and community members
- FARRCare Wellness Programme: FASD programme offered to employing bodies and organisations
FASD Adult Study
Aware.org has funded FAAR to conduct research on health and psycho-social effects of FASD in adolescence and adulthood.
The study is being conducted in De Aar, Northern Cape with young adults with full blown FASD during the Prevalence Study in 2001-2003. The 68 children diagnosed in the previous study are now between 20-27 years old.
The study will provide us with new information on effects of FASD during life span. This information is currently not available nationally and internationally. FARR will publish at least 2 peer reviewed journals before the end of 2018 on the results.
Computer gaming to assist children exposed to alcohol during pregnancy
There is currently no remedial programme available to the majority of children with FASD. Coupled with poor early childhood development, the deficits these children present with when attending school for the first time make learning difficult.
The FASD computer game to be used for cognitive training at an early stage to give these children the opportunity to develop their full potential.
The game will be available on tablets, due to the ease of distribution and scale of this platform. Children are therefore able to learn and develop at their own pace, using the tablet.
The project is currently implemented with children diagnosed with FASD in the Vredenburg, Saldanha and Prince Albert areas. The game and study will be completed and published towards the end of 2018.
Vinpro Foundation: Wine farmers Project
This project comprises the following:
- Alcohol and substance abuse programmes
- Fetal alcohol awareness programmes
- Addresses social problems resulting from substance abuse
Participants are members of the farm worker communities at participating farms such as Breedekloof, Riebeek Kasteel & Malmesbury, Stellenbosch & Somerset West, Paarl & Perdeberg, Wellington, Robertson & Ashton, and Overberg & Hermanus.