Denpasar/Singapore – On Wednesday, MI and the L.I.A.M Charitable Fund (“Life Saving Initiatives About Methanol”) announced the launch of a joint pilot program and campaign to address and stem incidences of bootleg alcohol methanol poisoning in Indonesia.
A joint press release and FAQ in English and Bahasa Indonesia were sent to local and global media. Given the importance of this issue in Vietnam and interest expressed by local stakeholders to MI in recent months, MI also shared bilingual information on the pilot project and the August 20 announcement in Vietnamese and English with key media, government, and community partners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The MI-L.I.A.M Community Education Program (CEP), which is an outgrowth of the initial, exploratory work MI undertook with Project HOPE earlier this year, will execute two community-based programs in 28 villages and 24 local health clinics in Bali. Administered by Bali-based Udayana University’s Faculty of Medicine and Sanglah Hospital, the programs will educate the general public, health professionals, and traditional alcohol (“arak”) producers about the dangers of alcohol adulteration, and safe distillation techniques to ensure complete removal of methanol during production processes.
L.I.A.M held the first CEP training session for 50 health care professionals in Bali on July 27, and has similar outreach and educational programs planned in the coming months. Paul Moschell, President of Atlantic Methanol Production Companies (AMPCO) and Chairman of MI’s Product Stewardship Committee, and Tim & Lhani Davies from L.I.A.M have been invited to give a presentation on the MI-L.I.A.M collaboration at IMPCA Asian Methanol Conference in Singapore on November 5-6. MI will then take a delegation of members to Bali on November 7-8 so that they can see/learn firsthand about the CEP and meet with key stakeholders and community leaders.
Members who are interested in joining the MI delegation to Bali and/or who would like more information on the MI-L.I.A.M collaboration can contact Hank Williams, Chairman of MI’s Bootleg Alcohol Product Subcommittee (BAPS) at hwilliams@AtlanticMethanol.com, or Dom LaVigne in MI’s Singapore office at email@example.com / +65 6325 6302.