CTCA was established in July 2011 by WHO, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The Centre is mandated to provide technical and institutional support to governments in Africa in the areas of policy formulation, legislation and enforcement of tobacco control, as well as building and sustaining institutional capacity for tobacco control. This is done through offering technical, institutional and cross sector support for tobacco control at national and regional levels.
Vision: To be a sustainable, leading centre of excellence in empowering and facilitating tobacco control to achieve a tobacco-free Africa.
Mission: To pool evidence, build partnerships, mobilize resources, build capacity, and create tools to advance tobacco control in Africa. The ultimate aim is to reduce the consumption of tobacco by supporting governments in implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies in Africa.
The ultimate aim is to reduce the consumption of tobacco by supporting governments in implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies in Africa.
Our niche: Enhancing the capacity of governments in Africa to implement evidence based tobacco control interventions as per the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC.)
Host Institution: Based in Uganda, East Africa, CTCA is hosted by the School of Public Health at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences, ( MakSPH); http://www.musph.ac.ug.
Overview of CTCA’s services in Phase II ( October 2014-December 2017)
During phase II, CTCA will focus on policies, legislation and regulations covering high impact articles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC).
These include ; Promotion of Smoke free environments, Pictorial Health Warnings, Ban on Advertising, as well as Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS). This will be in addition to the promotion of Alternative Livelihoods and Tobacco Industry Monitoring ( TIM). Additionally, CTCA will implement supportive interventions such as coordination of Tobacco Control Partners, capacity building, capacity assessments, monitoring and evaluation. Phase has five target countries namely: Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Garbon, and Niger.
CTCA however continues to provide minimal support to the initial five target countries of Angola, Kenya, Mauritania, South Africa and Uganda to accomplish the outcomes already started in phase I.