European Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Alliance (EUFASD)
The EUROPEAN FASD ALLIANCE is an umbrella organization aiming to link professionals and NGOs concerned with the issue of alcohol use during pregnancy and with the harm to the unborn child, known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The Alliance was founded on February 17, 2011, and is registered in Landskrona, Sweden. Membership of the EUROPEAN FASD ALLIANCE is open to registered organizations concerned with FASD in all European countries, where European countries refers to the European Region as defined by the World Health Organization.
Objectives and Aims:
The EUROPEAN FASD ALLIANCE is a non-profit umbrella organization which supports the member associations in their efforts to improve awareness of the risks of drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy and improve the quality of life for all people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their families.
The EUROPEAN FASD ALLIANCE acts as a liaison centre to collate and disseminate information to its members; to stimulate international collaboration on research projects on the origins, management and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; to encourage national associations to exchange and share their projects and experiences; and to foster the foundation and development of new national FASD Associations.
Membership of the EUROPEAN FASD ALLIANCE is open to registered organizations concerned with FASD in all European countries, where European countries refers to the European Region as defined by the World Health Organization. Member organizations are organized into Local Sections by country. Each Local Section has two votes in the General Assembly, which is held at the bi-annual European Conferences on FASD. The General Assembly elects the Board, approves the Budget, and can modify the Statutes. The Board prepares a strategic plan for activities, selects the venue for the next European Conference on FASD, and appoints the Chairperson for the Conference. Daily work is carried out by the Chairperson and the Board. The Board can consult the Scientific Advisory Council (eminent researchers) or the Council of Lifelong Experts (adults with FASD) for advice on specific issues.
The main activities are focussed on promoting communication and collaboration among members, and more generally, all European organizations concerned with alcohol and pregnancy and with FASD. We achieve these goals by maintaining a website, sending a bi-weekly newsletter, and organizing bi-annual European Conferences on FASD.
Articles and Publications:
Available on the website.
Organized events: EUFASD has organised the first and second European Conferences of FASD. EUFASD is currently organising the 3rd one that will take place in Rome in 2014