South Africa: Tavern talk changes behaviour
Over the last year, I have worked to develop the SAB (Pty) Ltd Tavern Intervention Programme (TIP) which is run in partnership with Men for Development in South Africa (MEDSA) and SABCOHA (South African Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS) along with funding from The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The programme is based in local taverns and offers men a six week, life-skills course which is aimed at driving and inspiring men towards behavioural change. At each session, the participants (who are over the age of 18) are taken through structured modules covering Responsible Alcohol Consumption, HIV/Aids, Gender-based Violence and Children's Rights and Parental Responsibilities. We also urge the men to openly discuss community pressures and other social issues that may lead to unacceptable attitudes, behaviours and practices.