How Children are Responding back to Tobacco Industry Targeting in Uganda

As we prepare for the World No Tobacco Day on 31st 2018, young people are
Under the Kuteesa Foundation, which is a For The Boy Child organisation had a Boys’ Mentorship Program Work Experience week last week, and among the activities, the boys were involved in were skits themed Tobacco Use Affects Kids Too and Prono Is Bad for You.

Boys’ Mentorship Program on in Tobacco Control Skits to their parents

The Tobacco Use Affects Kids Too skit demonstrated in one scene a father sends his child to buy for him cigarettes. The father also asks the child later to light the cigarette for him.
It should be known that as early as 5 years, many children are exposed to tobacco-related diseases because their parents use it in their presences or areas of occupancy.
The audience which was full of parents of the sons was amazed, educated and entertained through these skits that showed them the dangers children face when exposed to tobacco smoke.
Boys sharing what looks like a cigarette

From the skit, the child steals a tobacco stick from his dad which he later shares with some of his friends. Many children after seeing their parents smoke tobacco go on to try it out, and even share with some of their close friends, and the behaviour grows.Later in the skit, we see one of the friends dying. Before DEATH, many children who use tobacco suffer from diseases like; Cancer, Heart diseases and other effects such as; Bad breath, Teeth problems, Sore mouths.
The Kuteesa foundation is one of the many advocate organisation spreading the messageof tobacco control among young people as a way of implementing the Tobacco Control Act in Uganda. The Boys’ Mentorship Programme, One Mentor One Son and the Fighters are the main tools this foundation uses to voice and spread the effects of smoking.

Prof. William Bazeyo's State of the School of Public Address highlights tremendous success

Title: Prof. William Bazeyo’s State of the School of Public Address highlights tremendous success

Mulago, Kampala- August 30, 2017

 

The outgoing dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Prof. William Bazeyo has called for the transition of the School into a College, adding that the School has all the requirements to become one. Prof. Bazeyo was this afternoon delivering the state of the School address to a highly packed and attentive audience of students, staff and partners of MakSPH at the Davis Lecture Theatre in Mulago.

Source: Prof. William Bazeyo’s State of the School of Public Address highlights tremendous success

17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Scholarships and free registrations

Title: 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Scholarships and free registrations

 

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is able to offer a number of free registrations to community volunteers or individuals affected by lung disease. Individuals from low- and middle-income countries will be given priority, as will those who are presenting at the conference, including those presenting in the community space.
The deadline for applications is 4 August 2017. Find out more details and apply online
Source: 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Scholarships and free registrations

Multi-million pounds backing for scientists to tackle tobacco-related harm in Asia and Africa

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Stirling, has been awarded £3.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund to reduce tobacco-related harm in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.

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Source: Multi-million pounds backing for scientists to tackle tobacco-related harm in Asia and Africa

Capacity Building for Tobacco Cessation to Improve Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes in Uganda

Title: Capacity Building for Tobacco Cessation to Improve Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes in Uganda

A competent needs-based health workforce, aligned to local priorities is essential to addressing the increasing Non-Communicable Diseases in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) such as Uganda. Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), pioneer a training for health professionals on integrating tobacco cessation services into TB services in Kampala, Uganda. The training is premised on a research Project on Integrating Tobacco cessation into TB Programs using mHealth Solutions funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Source: Capacity Building for Tobacco Cessation to Improve Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes in Uganda

BAT Uganda loses court case as the TC Act 2015 becomes fully operational

Title: BAT Uganda loses court case as the TC Act 2015 becomes fully operational

Following a petition filed by BAT Uganda seeking a temporary injunction on the implementation of tobacco control act 2015, the Constitutional Court has dismissed the application saying that the injunction has no justifiable grounds. The ruling was made on May 18, 2017, a day before the TC Act fully becomes operational.


Source: BAT Uganda loses court case as the TC Act 2015 becomes fully operational

BAT Uganda sues Uganda Government over the Tobacco Control Act, 2015

Title: BAT Uganda sues Uganda Government over the Tobacco Control Act, 2015

Kampala, May 10, 2017 

The Constitutional Court in Kampala today heard a petition filed by BAT Uganda against the Government of Uganda challenging the constitutionality of the Tobacco Control Act 2015. Court also heard another plea by BAT Uganda seeking a temporary injunction on the implementation of tobacco control activities, pending disposal of the petition.  


Source: BAT Uganda sues Uganda Government over the Tobacco Control Act, 2015

Drs. Mamudu and Pack Funded for Tobacco/Tuberculosis Project in Uganda

Title: Drs. Mamudu and Pack Funded for Tobacco/Tuberculosis Project in Uganda

Dr. Hadii Mamudu, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy and Dr. Robert Pack, Professor and Associate Dean in the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, have been awarded a Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) grant by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Academy of Sciences, a private non-profit organization of the country’s leading researchers. Read More 


Source: Drs. Mamudu and Pack Funded for Tobacco/Tuberculosis Project in Uganda

MakSPH-CTCA yet in another novel research project

Title: MakSPH-CTCA yet in another novel research project

A novel research project on integrating tobacco cessation into TB programs using mHealth approach has been inaugurated by MakSPH, CTCA and Ministry of Health Uganda with the aim of improving TB treatment outcomes and increasing quit rates among TB patients in Uganda.  The research project code named mHealth for TB Tobacco: An Approach to reduce tobacco use among TB patients.


Source: MakSPH-CTCA yet in another novel research project

Mauritania Legislators commit to passing a comprehensive tobacco control law

Title: Mauritania Legislators commit to passing a comprehensive tobacco control law

Nouakchott; March, 24, 2017

Members of Parliament in Mauritania are convening in the capital of Nouakchott to review the country’s tobacco control status and discuss strategies for controlling the effects of tobacco use. 

In an advocacy meeting by CTCA, the members were informed that passing a comprehensive tobacco control legislation provides a conducive framework for implementing all the proven interventions, thus making it a critical step. 


Source: Mauritania Legislators commit to passing a comprehensive tobacco control law