Alcohol, Tobacco and other psychoactive Substances Prevention by women in the reproductive age

Project completed

The Programme is focused on the reduction of the use of tobacco, alcohol and other psychoactive substances by women in the reproductive age and pregnant women. Apart from this main target group, it will target partners of pregnant women, students and teachers of upper secondary schools, medical personnel having direct contact with the main target group, and also the general public. The main programme’s activities are: trainings for medical personnel, educational programme at workplaces and secondary schools, information and awareness raising campaign.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Improving social security
01.06.2012 - 30.06.2017
CHF  3’438’691

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Recent research data showed that in 2009 in Poland almost 11% of women smoked during pregnancy, leading to significant percentage of prematurely born and underweight children. At the same time, 14% of women consumed alcohol while being pregnant, likewise increasing the risk of pre-term delivery, doubling the probability for low birth weight defects among newborns. Additionally, approximately 1% of Polish women declare having consumed drugs while being pregnant; this figure, however, does not include the so-called “designer drugs”, of which ongoing studies indicate that consumption has recently been exponentially increasing.


The overall goals are to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other psychoactive substances by women in reproductive age and pregnant women, to improve the target groups’ health, and to reduce the socio-economic cost of the health treatment of the target groups. The specific objectives (outcomes) are:

  • Raising awareness among target groups on harmful effects of using psychoactive substances
  • Increasing involvement of target groups in making positive behavioural changes as regards use of psychoactive substances
  • Reducing social acceptance towards pathological behaviours as regards use of psychoactive substances
Target groups
  • Women in reproductive age and pregnant women
  • Their partners and the male population in general
  • Students and teachers of upper secondary schools
  • Primary physicians, gynaecologists, nurses and midwives
  • General public
The Programme foresees three major elements: 1) trainings for medical personnel having direct contact with the target groups, pilot educational programme at workplaces, educational and informational activities at schools for the target groups and trainings for teachers on the implementation of the educational programme in schools; 2) media campaign implemented through various media channels, and by means of organization of social events at national, regional and local level, 3) internet platform with educational content which supports the campaign.

Achieved results:  

  • 897 persons of medical personnel trained and 356 coordinators
    of sanitary-epidemiological stations trained in alcohol and tobacco prevention209 workplaces covering a potential of 58'000 employees and 2'746 upper secondary schools (ca. 41% of all schools in Poland) implementing educationnal programme on alcohol and tobacco prevention
  • 6’364 pregnant women participating in surveys on health habits during pregnancy
  • Almost 500'000 young people (upper secondary school students) attended the educational programme on MCV)
  • The web platform (educationnal and e-learning content) accounted for 1'084'591 page views (target value was 1'000'000)


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’438’691 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’029’414
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2012 - 30.06.2017   (Completed)