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.
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).
At 15 years old, Asanda* towers over her Grade 3 classmates, most of whom are about five years younger than the East Rand teen. Asanda is one of thousands of South Africans born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), according to the University of Stellenbosch.