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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.

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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. 

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The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa has been hailed for coming up with a great repositioning concept that will steer the Centre to great strides in addressing the TC changing needs of Africa. This was during the Phase II 3rd sitting of the Steering Committee at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel, in Kigo, near Kampala, February 27-28, 2017.  The Committee chaired by Makerere’s University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the recently concluded CTCA regional meeting that included the Centre’s repositioning. They noted that this is a wise idea that will transform the Centre into a ‘go to’ in response to the different needs of Africa, considering that countries are at varrying stages of implementation. 

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In response to the tobacco use burden and its impacts, the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The Centre’s mandate is to support African governments to formulate and implement evidence based tobacco control policies and strategies. This is underpinned by the fact that the tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year which equates to 13,000 people dying per day (one death every 6 seconds). Of these, more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke, majority of whom are women and children.

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