Alcohol, Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Ukraine
In order to improve the effectiveness of our organization, in May 2011 we surveyed 80 women and 40 men in five Western Ukrainian cities from Kosiv to Lviv. We wanted to know
- what people knew about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects) and
- the most cost effective ways of educating the public about the risks a pregnant woman takes by consuming alcohol.
We planned to continue providing support to internats (boarding schools for children with special needs) but we’d begun to realize we also needed to tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention. We’d begun providing Mykolychun Internat director Stephan Severylov material on FASD in 2009 after he’d complained he could find none in either Ukrainian or Russian.
But it took a meeting with the director of the Eurasia Foundation in September 2009 to convince us we needed to broaden our focus. “What you are doing is very important,” he explained. “But you could do so much more. The entire country has need of the information you’ve chosen to supply to one small school.”
Our Most Recent Translation
To be available in September 2011, a Ukrainian translation of Diane Malbin’s book: Trying Differently Rather Than Harder. This translation is being made possible by the generous support of FASCETS (www.FASCETS.org) and your contributions to Ukraine Works Ltd.