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Gates Africa Tobacco Control Partners are meeting in Addis to discuss TC updates and develop action plans for the next year. The meeting, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is attended by both regional and global TC partners   and advocates including government representatives, grant makers, WHO, CTCA and SCOs. 

In her opening remarks this morning, Ms. Cynthia Lewis, Deputy Director, Global Policy & Advocacy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hailed partners for their concerted efforts, adding that much progress has been made in tobacco control in Africa due to the commitment of the TC partners in the region.  She also hailed Ethiopia for the great strides made in tobacco control.  

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1.0 Preamble

On September 19, 2015, Uganda’s President, Yoweri K. Museveni assented to the historical Tobacco Control Act ( TCA) 2015, following its being passed into law by parliament on July 28, 2015.  This Act makes Uganda one of the few countries that have gone through the process of enacting a comprehensive and FCTC compliant tobacco control legislation. The object of the Act is to protect the present and future generations from the devastating health, social, economic, and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure.  It gives effect to the obligations  Uganda has undertaken to protect her people against tobacco-related harms and ensures that Uganda meets its obligations as per the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), having signed and ratified the Convention in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

We highlight the enabling factors to the passing of this act, the lessons learnt as well as challenges to the process, with a view of informing future initiatives. This paper has been informed by CTCA’s involvement at the different stages of the legislative process in Uganda.

  

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Kampala, October 13, 2015 – 

Tobacco Control advocates from five African countries are attending a training in Kampala, Uganda to equip them with techniques to effectively search, use and disseminate information from the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. The objective of the three day workshop, October 13-15, 2015, is to ensure that actors are able to use tobacco industry information to mitigate Industry interference in tobacco control policy and legislation in Africa. 

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Following the passing of the Uganda Tobacco Control Bill 2015 by Parliament on July 28, President Museveni, has assented to the Act, facilitating yet another milestone in tobacco control, not just in Uganda, but in Africa as a whole. The Act that was assented to by the president on September 19, 2015 “shall come into force after six months from the date of its publication in the gazette." 

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Hoima District, August 26, 2015:    

CTCA & RAN team with Hoima District Leaders at the district HeadquartersThe leadership pf Hoima District has pledged to fully support the Better Farming Better Me project aimed at supporting tobacco farmers to diversify from tobacco growing to other alternatives. 

Addressing a team from CTCA and Resilient Africa Network (RAN) that is in the district to carry out a baseline and needs finding survey, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mr. Mark Tivu promised to incorporate the model into the district plan so as to widen the scope. He welcomed the project saying that it was long overdue. The Better Farming, Better Me Project  will be implemented in conjunction with Good Leisure Farm and is aimed at introducing Kroiler chicken farming and high yield maize as alternative enterprises to tobacco farming.  It will be introduced as a pilot in two sub-counties, focusing on three parishes from each of the sub-counties. 

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