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World No Tobacco Day - 31 May, 2015

Theme:  Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

Preamble:

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

For World No Tobacco Day 2015, WHO is we calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. The illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.

Illicit trade of Tobacco Products – What it is

 

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Makerere University-Kampala; May 8, 2015 : The first ever State of African Resilience Report  has been launched in Makerere University, Kampala. The report highlights findings from the Resilient Africa Network ( RAN) lab and provides an insight into understanding the dimensions of  vulnerability and adaptation. The report further identifies major dimensions of resilience from the perspective of more than  a dozen vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan  Africa. It is based on the research and analysis of the RAN Universities that are engaging  with local communities to understand  how best to prevent, mitigate,  and overcome the current shocks and stresses to which they are most vulnerable.

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The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) has won an award to pilot an innovative farming project to help farmers transit from tobacco to other alternative enterprises. The Project code named ‘Better Farming, Better Me, is worthy over 43,000$ and will be piloted in Hoima District, one of Uganda’s tobacco growing districts.  The award is one of the seven grants given by the Resilient Africa Network (RAN) under the Resilience Innovation Challenge  for Adverse Climate effects funded by USAID.

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The Makerere University Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa is pleased to announce winning the bid to host the next World Conference on Tobacco or Health 2018 in partnership with the Governments of Uganda and South Africa, Public Health Association of South Africa and University of Cape Town.

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa  ( CTCA) has effectively started its phase II operations,  bringing on board  a set of five new target countries. The target countries during this phase include, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Garbon, and Niger.   CTCA will continue to provide minimal support to the original five target countries covered during phase I which included Angola, Kenya, Mauritania, South Africa and Uganda.

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