Join the African Tobacco Treatment Network

Background

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.

Program Description

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.

Global Bridges: African Region

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.

Program Objectives

  • To build a network of healthcare providers in the African region who are interested in promoting tobacco cessation and create opportunities to share tobacco dependence treatment expertise among network members within the region.
  • To develop collaborative relationships with organizations that focus on tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control policy.
  • To provide training through state-of-the-art, evidence-based web and on-site training sessions in tobacco dependence treatment and advocacy.

Network Membership

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 joyce.jakavula@up.ac.za:

  • Your name and title
  • Name of your organization
  • A short description of your duties
  • Postal and physical address
  • Telephone and fax number (including country code)
  • E-mail address
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