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  • Project Name:

    Tobacco Control

  • Focus Area :

    Media campaign to increase awareness of the proclamation and its fully effective implementation

  • Intervention Area :

    Addis Ababa

  • Partner :

    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Tobacco Control Project is a Media Communication Project started on November 1, 2017, in collaboration with Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids, (CTfK) and is still underway. Health Development and Anti Malaria Association has contributed significantly to the legislative process by implementing this project. The capacity of key stakeholders from media and other social networks and associations was built; sustained media pressure for the adoption of the proclamation with FCTC-compliant TC measures was galvanized. Well-focused and coordinated information media and communication programs were planned and carried out with active and substantive engagement and stakeholder participation. As a result, the concept of FCTC, legislative gaps in Ethiopia, and the importance of adopting the TC proclamation were well understood and public and policymakers’ awareness was raised. The media and the public at large had aggressively asked the government why it took so long to adopt the FCTC-compliant TC law. This put strong pressure on the policymakers. As a result of this intervention, the House of People’s Representatives of Ethiopia has approved a comprehensive, strong, and FCTC-compliant TC law. Therefore, the objective of the project is fully realized within the time frame set. Ethiopia has now a strong comprehensive TC proclamation vital tool for effective tobacco control in the Country

Tobacco Industry Index

HDAMA has conducted the assessment in collaboration with GGTC, SEATCA, and ATCA each year since 2020 The purpose of the Tobacco Industry Interference Index is an attempt of Good Governance of Tobacco Control (GGTC) and its partners in the region, South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), and others to define the measures and elements that contribute to the ability of the tobacco industry to interfere with public health policymaking. The

tobacco industry’s behavior and actions in many of the countries in the Asian and African region are similar but the extent to which the tobacco industry succeeds depends on the government’s capacity to resist its tactics. The government’s action to protect its policies from tobacco industry interference in accordance with WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its Guidelines[1] would determine its capacity to deal with such interference. This assessment could provide an indication of the government’s capacity to resist tobacco industry interference. The results will be used to develop a report on how the governments have been complying with Article 5.3 of the FCTC based on the pertinent parts of the Guidelines. Where appropriate, advocates may use this report as a tool to monitor progress in implementing Article 5.3. Comparisons of results with other countries in the region could encourage and provide impetus for the government to do better.

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