Tobacco control is relatively new in Africa, as in many African countries the tobacco burden is still low. However, the estimated prevalence of tobacco smoking in a number of countries is above 20 percent and is growing. Further to this, about 25 percent of the tuberculosis mortality in some parts of the region has been attributed to tobacco smoking. It is therefore important to arrest the growth of tobacco dependence before it spreads further.
Global Bridges: Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Treatment is a worldwide, science-based initiative to help healthcare providers unite to treat tobacco use and dependence while implementing effective tobacco control policies. It was created through an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Medical Education Group to the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development and the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. The initiative is hosted by Mayo Clinic and supported by two other international partners, the American Cancer Society and the University of Arizona.
Dr Ayo-Yusuf, an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, member of the WHO scientific advisory group on tobacco regulation (WHO TobReg) and a recognized regional expert on tobacco dependence research is the AFRO (the World Health Organization’s African Region) Regional Director for Global Bridges and will be working with colleagues to create and mobilize a network of healthcare providers and organizations across the continent dedicated to advancing effective tobacco dependence treatment and advocating for effective tobacco control policy.
Membership is open to any healthcare provider who treats patients who use tobacco in and outside a clinical setting. You can register by sending the following information to email@example.com:
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