Speaking to Health-e News, women share their first-hand experience about having babies with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). We also hear from a nurse, a shebeen owner, and the department of health.
South Africa, which has the world’s highest prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is joining other countries to create awareness of the disorder on 9 September – International FASD day.
The new R17-million 4th Avenue Clinic facility under construction in Alexandra is unlikely to be finished on time due to numerous delays as well as construction employees repeatedly arriving drunk for work.
Monica Deysel (24) of Secunda was a heavy drinker when she fell pregnant at age 18. Both she and her boyfriend continued drinking and smoking throughout her pregnancy, and as a result she gave birth to a baby girl with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).