Task 1 – Preventing Fetal Alcohol Exposure
In the EU region, despite moderate decreases in recent years, the prevalence of women’s drinking still remains almost 20% higher than the global prevalence. This is thought to be due to increases in economic wealth, changes in gender roles, lifestyles and accessibility of alcohol (WHO, 2018). A recent systematic review and meta-analysis estimated that 25.2% of European women drink during pregnancy (Popova et al. 2017), despite existing evidence to indicate that there are effective ways to reduce prenatal alcohol exposure through targeted and embedded healthcare interventions (e.g. Kane et al. 2019)
FAR SEAS Task 1
Task 1 of FAR SEAS will develop a regional good practice intervention package, based on available evidence, to support women of child-bearing age, particularly pregnant women, in reducing in their babies the risk of development of FASD. This comprehensive package will be piloted and evaluated in a regional-level implementation study.
As a first step of this work, FAR SEAS has mapped existing action to address the problem of pre-natal alcohol exposure though a survey of good and best practices.