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The 3rd Pan African Capacity Development Forum (CDF3) has been held  in Harare, Zimbabwe by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to coincide with the Silver Jubilee of  ACBF.  The three day Forum was held from May 3- 5, 2016 under the theme Developing Capacity for Africa’s Economic and Social Transformation’ and generated various debates among the delegates. It was attended by both regional and international development and capacity building partners as well as academia and researchers. Participants decried the fact that "Capacity remains the missing link to sustainable development in Africa. Participants also emphasized that for Africa to attain its development agenda, governments and partners must work together to build capacity for fighting corruption and increasing domestic resources to ensure that Africa is not donor dependent. 

Officiating at the celebrations, the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Hon. Phelekezela Mphoko stressed the like ACBF;

"Future generations will never forgive us, if we do not provide the required support and attention to a pan-African institution such as ACBF." 

Hon. Phelekezela Mphoko emphasized the need to develop and harness specific skills required for the attainment of Africa development agenda.

The Executive Secretary of ACBF,  Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, noted that what Africa needs is more than economic growth, adding that  African countries need enhanced social capacity for job creation so as to attain economic and social transformation.   

Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie urged the remaining 15 African nations that have not subscribed to the Pan African Development Forum to do so to enable them transform good strategies into implementation.

The discussions during the three days also focused on the need to build further capacity for the attainment of both Agenda 2063 for Africa and the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stakeholders noted that continent requires sustainable capacity to implement the transformative vision it has defined for itself under the  AU Agenda 2063, as well as to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals shaped in September 2015.  ACBF was specifically hailed for spearheading the realization of capacity development in Africa in the last two decades. 

During the celebrations, a number of partners showcased the need for developing capacity for the various priority areas that are key to Africa’s social economic transformation.  The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa  ( CTCA), led by the Centre Director  and Dean Makerere University School of Public Health Prof. William Bazeyo presented a case for investing in tobacco control.  The Centre warned that unless something is done  to strengthen the capacity for tobacco control in  Africa, the continent is poised to face a double epidemic of both communicable and Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs), with tobacco being a major risk factor for the NCDs.

At the end of the three days, stakeholders identified the capacity needs of the continent focusing on the role of governments, development partners, civil society, private sector and the media, developing capacities for resource mobilization, among others. Tobacco control investment was cited as one of Africa’s priorities.

 

Legislators in Gambia have committed to passing a comprehensive tobacco control law compliant with  the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The legislators, led by the Speaker of the Gambia National Assembly, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang revealed that a number of them have been victims of the devastating effects of tobacco use having been smokers, and would therefore want to pass a law that will minimize such effects on both the current and future generations. This was during a session on the tobacco control bill that was held at the National Assembly by both CTCA and the WHO to orient the legislators on the bill that is due to be tabled in parliament. The bill, that is ready for tabling in parliament, awaits the endorsement of cabinet. The legislators assured both CTCA and WHO that the Bill will not meet any resistance the moment it is brought to the floor of Parliament. 

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Kampala, March 10, 2015

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) has been applauded for the achievements in the target countries over the last one year. This was during the second sitting of CTCA Steering Committee for Phase II currently under way at the Sheraton Hotel, in Kampala, Uganda. The Chairperson of the Committee, also Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe said the Centre has made land mark contributions to the various tobacco control initiatives in Africa, for which it should credited. He specifically cited the support provided by CTCA to the passing of the tobacco control  Act, 2015 in Uganda which he said is a great achievement to the Government of Uganda, CTCA and all the  Tobacco Control Partners. Prof. Nawangwe also congratulated the Centre upon winning the bid to co-host the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCOTOH) to be held in Capetown, South Africa from March -11, 2018. 

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Niamey-December 17, 2015

Participants during the Enforcement training in Niger
Participants during the Enforcement training in Niger

Implementers of tobacco control in Niger have been called upon to be more vigilant in their work  as they implement tobacco control. Dr Mai Moctar Hassane, the Inspector General of Health Services with the Niger Ministry of Health was officiating at the training of thirty tobacco control implementers and enforcers facilitated by CTCA. The enforcers have been trained in enforcement and compliance as guided by the tobacco control legislation. 

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The Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Niger, Dr. Qasma Ghali has hailed CTCA’s partnership with the Government of Niger which she said will go a long way in enhancing the implementation of tobacco control in the country. 

Dr. Ghali was officiating at the opening of the tobacco control coordination workshop for partners in Niger, held at the Sahel Hotel in Niamey, December 18, 2015. She said tobacco use is a danger to public health because it kills more people than any of the other diseases. She lamented the high rate of tobacco use in Niger currently at 15% for boys and 5.7% for girls according to the Global Youth Survey, 2009. 

The meeting organized by the Ministry of Health and facilitated by CTCA is aimed at bringing together all Tobacco Control actors in Niger to initiate the establishment of a coordination mechanism for effective implementation of tobacco control in the country. It is attended by a multi-sectoral team of actors from the various implementing sectors, the media and Civil Society. 

The WHO Country Communications Officer, Mokhfar Hakima stressed the need for coordination among partners adding that it would make it easier for WHO to provide the required technical assistance and streamline implementation. 

Mr. Mokhfar said the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) determined to give priority to their right to protect public health, with coordination as a key guiding principle requiring comprehensive multi-sectoral measures and coordinated. 

Speaking on behalf of CTCA, Ms. Jennifer Kalule-Musamba, the Acting Centre Manager reiterated CTCA’s commitment to supporting Niger to roll out the implementation of its law. She said coordination has far reaching benefits including complementarity of each other’s efforts, elimination of duplication and unhealthy competition, coordinated response to tobacco industry interference as well as maximum use of resources.

At the end of the two day meeting, the partners agreed on a model for coordinating the implementation of their activities and called on CTCA to facilitate the process to ensure harmonization. 

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5,8 % de filles fument.- girls smoke

for stressed the need for coordination among tobacco control partners in 

To bring all Tobacco Control actors in the country together to plan and implement Tobacco Control in a coordinated and harmonious manner to avoid duplication, unhealthy competition, & utilize the limited resources well

It is also meant  to have a unified response to tobacco industry interference.