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FARR – Foundation for Alcohol Related Research
The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) is the leading NGO source of research and information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the most severe form of this disorder, namely Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in South Africa. Since 1997, FARR has been dedicated to building positive futures in South African communities by significantly reducing birth defects and mental disabilities caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
FARR has become a hub for experts, community workers and everyday South Africans who are determined to improve the lives of those affected by FAS, their families and caregivers. In addition, FARR is involved in training, education, research, prevention, support and management projects across South Africa. Our specialists are trained to diagnose FAS and offer support for these children and their families.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the most common preventable form of mental disability in the world! FASD is blind to who you are, where you are from and what you do. FASD can happen to any child whose mother drank alcohol when she was pregnant. It is common – more common than Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Autism combined! The damage to the unborn child is permanent and cannot be reversed! A large proportion of children with ADHD-like symptoms – a common behavioural disorder in all communities – could be attributed to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The burden of FASD on our society is being ignored in spite of the fact that it is far-reaching (socially and financially) and potentially completely preventable. It is estimated that in the United States, FASD costs $6 billion (approximately R42 billion) annually and the average cost to treat a person with FAS for life is $1.4 million.
To date, FARR has completed or is involved in 23 FASD awareness and prevention projects across South Africa and has published more than 50 scientific articles.
You can join us in the fight to reduce FASD in South Africa, by subscribing to our newsletter or becoming one of our donors. Become a Friend of FARR and help us to increase FAS awareness and reduce the devastating effects of FASD on affected children, their families and communities.