Supporting National Action for WHO FCTC Implementation in Sub Saharan Africa (2018-2020)
Accelerating sustainable development requires boosting progress in global health, including making significant investments in the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco control has much to offer as a key component of sustainable development and advancing the FCTC will increase momentum towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite the fact that FCTC implementation can help accelerate sustainable development in many countries in Africa, few in the region perceive tobacco control as a development issue.
In an effort to help facilitate increased alignment of tobacco control programmes with the SDGs, the Framework Convention Alliance and the Norweigan Cancer Society (NCS) came together to support five projects in Sub Saharan Africa from 2018-2020. Participating countries included Chad, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda.
As part of the project, the five countries employed localized strategies and tactics that focused on increasing the awareness and need to integrate of tobacco control programmes in national development plans. The projects achieved success by focusing on generating awareness, advocating for change, and by positioning tobacco taxation as a finance solution for health investment and development.
To learn more about the initiative, please review our NCS 5 Project Summary Report