Alcohol use among young people exposes them to a variety of social, economic and public health hazards and is one of the drivers of the HIV epidemic in developing countries. This Learning Lab presents findings from a STRIVE multi-country study in South Africa, Tanzania and India which assessed how alcohol availability and promotion affect young people’s sexual health and safety in India, Tanzania and South Africa.
The researchers highlight shared and unique findings from the three contexts including:
- The density and location of alcohol selling outlets in relation to schools and colleges
- Findings from photovoice documentation and discussions on youth exposure to alcohol promotion activities and marketing in their localities
- The effects of alcohol use among the population
- Implications of the findings for the design of structural interventions to address alcohol use among youth in similar settings
- Implications of the findings for policy and regulation
Lebohang Letsela is a researcher with an MA in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is currently employed as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist at Soul City Institute for Social Justice.
Dr. Gerry Mshana is a senior research scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Dr. Priti Prabhughate is a Senior Technical Specialist at the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW), Asia Regional Office.
Haika Osaki is a research scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza. She is the study coordinator for the STRIVE Youth and Alcohol study in Tanzania.