Creating a favorable environment and stakeholder buy-in for food-related fiscal policies in Ghana
A collaboration by School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana NCD Alliance, Ghana Public Health Association and Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Using advocacy and scholar activism, this project creates a favourable environment and stakeholder buy-in for food-related fiscal policies in Ghana.
Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis ~ CDC
Campaign participants including students, lecturers, nutritionists, dietitians, nurses and media personnel; sharing of useful information on the sugar-sweetened beverages, with people along the streets.
Creating a Favorable Environment and Stakeholder Buy-In For Food-Related Fiscal Policies in Ghana
Ghana is experiencing a surge in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) amidst food insecurity, micronutrient malnutrition, and infectious morbidities. It has been estimated that over one-third of all adult deaths are due to NCDs. Tax-related NCD prevention interventions exist for alcohol and tobacco, but those linked to unhealthy diets such as sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) tax does not exist. Reducing sugar consumption through effective taxation on SSB is considered an effective intervention. This project, code-named “Advocating for Health” (A4H), aims to use scholar activism and advocacy to create a favourable environment and stakeholder buy-in for food-related fiscal policies in Ghana.
The A4H Project aims to identify a realistic legal pathway to enact SSB tax in Ghana and also to generate, curate, and avail evidence to support advocacy, scholar activism, and counter opposition from food & beverage industry actors among others.
A collaboration led by School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, and Civil Society Organizations led by Ghana NCD Alliance (GhNCDA), Ghana Public Health Association (GPHA) and Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND).