About The Lecture
The Western Cape of South Africa has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) globally. Reducing alcohol use during pregnancy is a pressing public health priority for this region. This presentation will present data from a 5-year observational study in alcohol-serving venues in Cape Town and discuss opportunities for early intervention to reduce FASD in this setting.
About The Speaker
Melissa Watt, Assistant Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, is a public health researcher with specific training in mixed methods research. Her research focuses primarily on understanding HIV risk behaviors in South Africa, with specific attention to gendered context, substance use and mental health. At DGHI, she serves as co-Director of the Masters of Science in Global Health.