GCRF: Tobacco control capacity programme

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Centre of Population Health Sciences

Abstract

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Globally, smoking kills more people every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. By 2030, more than 80% of the world's tobacco-related deaths will occur in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Preventing people from starting to use tobacco, and encouraging users to stop, is a global priority. The World Health Organisation is addressing this through an international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been signed by 181 countries and sets out the policies countries should adopt to prevent smoking. The United Nations (UN) sees the FCTC as so important that when it set up 'Sustainable Development Goals' it included the FCTC in Goal 3, which is about improving health and wellbeing for all the world's people. Goal 3.10 says that the implementation of the FCTC should be strengthened in all countries.

However, while a number of high income countries (HICs) have made good progress in FCTC implementation, this is not the case in all LMICs. Signing the treaty is not enough: governments need to be helped to introduce good policies and enforce them. However, few LMICs have the capacity, or in some cases the staff with the right skills, to carry out the research and advocacy necessary to design, implement and achieve compliance with good tobacco control policies. Also, most existing research on tobacco has been conducted in HICs, and is not always relevant to LMICs. Thus we need to train and support researchers in tobacco prevention in LMICs, with skills in economics, clinical medicine, public health and the social sciences, for example.

This proposal is about filling these gaps, building on some good work already under way. Our proposed programme will be undertaken in two parts of the world (South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa) where progress on tobacco control has not always been good, and where the tobacco industry is active in attempting to undermine measures that work. We propose to build research capacity in several LMICs, thought a programme of research designed to address local priorities in each country, supported by a programme of training in research and impact. It will focus in particular on three issues relevant to UN SDG 3 but also other UN goals on peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16) and partnerships (SDG 17). These are: tobacco taxation (which helps reduce tobacco use and provides money for governments to build the economy); preventing illicit trade in tobacco (by protecting tax revenue, reducing corruption and helping to reduce crime) and preventing tobacco industry interference (which aims to prevent or undermine national implementation of FCTC measures). Studies will be conducted on these topics as well as additional priorities chosen by countries (like building evidence for 'smokefree' clean air policies, putting health warnings on tobacco packets and services to help people stop smoking).

To do this work we have put together a team including UK academics, researchers in LMICs, and charities working to reduce harm from tobacco. The programme will be led by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UK Centre for Public Health Excellence. The team also includes research organisations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, South Africa and Uganda, and can be expanded to include other LMICs if resources allow. Support is included from Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer charity. Additional help will come from other supporters including the FCTC's Framework Convention Alliance and the American Cancer Society. Funding will be used to support a network of early career (post-doctoral) researchers and teams in LMICs and the UK. Extensive training opportunities and support to carry out high quality research on policy and practice in each country and internationally, and to establish strong research partnerships for the future, will be provided.

Technical Summary

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Globally, smoking kills more people every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. By 2030, more than 80% of the world's tobacco-related deaths will occur in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Preventing people from starting to use tobacco, and encouraging users to stop, is a global priority. The World Health Organisation is addressing this through an international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been signed by 181 countries and sets out the policies countries should adopt to prevent smoking. The United Nations (UN) sees the FCTC as so important that when it set up 'Sustainable Development Goals' it included the FCTC in Goal 3, which is about improving health and wellbeing for all the world's people. Goal 3.10 says that the implementation of the FCTC should be strengthened in all countries.

However, while a number of high income countries (HICs) have made good progress in FCTC implementation, this is not the case in all LMICs. Signing the treaty is not enough: governments need to be helped to introduce good policies and enforce them. However, few LMICs have the capacity, or in some cases the staff with the right skills, to carry out the research and advocacy necessary to design, implement and achieve compliance with good tobacco control policies. Also, most existing research on tobacco has been conducted in HICs, and is not always relevant to LMICs. Thus we need to train and support researchers in tobacco prevention in LMICs, with skills in economics, clinical medicine, public health and the social sciences, for example.

This proposal is about filling these gaps, building on some good work already under way. Our proposed programme will be undertaken in two parts of the world (South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa) where progress on tobacco control has not always been good, and where the tobacco industry is active in attempting to undermine measures that work. We propose to build research capacity in several LMICs, thought a programme of research designed to address local priorities in each country, supported by a programme of training in research and impact. It will focus in particular on three issues relevant to UN SDG 3 but also other UN goals on peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16) and partnerships (SDG 17). These are: tobacco taxation (which helps reduce tobacco use and provides money for governments to build the economy); preventing illicit trade in tobacco (by protecting tax revenue, reducing corruption and helping to reduce crime) and preventing tobacco industry interference (which aims to prevent or undermine national implementation of FCTC measures). Studies will be conducted on these topics as well as additional priorities chosen by countries (like building evidence for 'smokefree' clean air policies, putting health warnings on tobacco packets and services to help people stop smoking).

To do this work we have put together a team including UK academics, researchers in LMICs, and charities working to reduce harm from tobacco. The programme will be led by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UK Centre for Public Health Excellence. The team also includes research organisations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, India, South Africa and Uganda, and can be expanded to include other LMICs if resources allow. Support is included from Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer charity. Additional help will come from other supporters including the FCTC's Framework Convention Alliance and the American Cancer Society. Funding will be used to support a network of early career (post-doctoral) researchers and teams in LMICs and the UK. Extensive training opportunities and support to carry out high quality research on policy and practice in each country and internationally, and to establish strong research partnerships for the future, will be provided.

Planned Impact

By working collaboratively we aim to build capacity to address the tobacco epidemic in LMICs. In the UK, our research centre (UKCTAS, involving 13 Universities) has conducted research that has directly informed policies to drive down smoking rates and benefit health and the economy for the last 8 years. This would not have been possible without the strong links we have with policy-makers, practitioners and the public. We will use this experience to work with our LMIC colleagues, many of whom are building similar links. By conducting research in LMICs on three key themes (tobacco taxation, reducing illicit trade, and addressing tobacco industry interference, as well as other local priorities) we should be able to provide data and specific examples which will help make the case for better implementation of the FCTC, which will result in reductions in tobacco disease and death and also help generate revenue for governments through taxation which aids other development priorities.

To maximise impact we have integrated a structured series of engagement opportunities into our bid. In this process we will have considerable assistance from Cancer Research UK who are highly active in tobacco control nationally and internationally, and a partnership like this with a large NGO will assist with translating what we do into practice. We also have support from the Framework Convention Alliance who are tasked with helping more than 100 countries with FCTC implementation. Engagement opportunities are as follows.

1. Initial stakeholder event in each LMIC country (8 in total as we are involving 2 regions of India) for 30-50 people from governments, NGOs, health, welfare and education professionals, WHO offices and the public. We will involve them in shaping individual studies to be conducted within the programme and maintain contact throughout.
2. Communication Skills Workshops for academics in the team over 3 days with a skilled communications consultant and CRUK to provide training on preparing briefs for key organisations, publishing and working with the media.
3. Individual meetings in country with key government officials and professional groups
4. Second stakeholder workshop in each country/region in the final year with similar groups as in year one, to present research findings, discuss how the research can be used, how the skills developed in the team could inform future research on other health and development priorities and how the programme can be sustained.
5. An evaluation of the programme led by CRUK seeking the views of the teams involved and stakeholders in-country and internationally.

We will also publish our work in academic journals, collaborating on publications across UK and LMIC teams at all career levels. We have costed for support to produce online and social media resources (UKCTAS and in-country website content, social media feeds) so that our work can reach a wider audience beyond those involved in our planned events and training opportunities. As the programme develops we also intend to liaise with other funders active in supporting research and policy on preventing non-communicable diseases, and with other new LMIC partners, to identify options for the future sustainability and continued impact of our work.

Publications

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Abdullah SM (2020) Estimating the Magnitude of Illicit Cigarette Trade in Bangladesh: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Study. in International journal of environmental research and public health

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Arora M (2022) COVID-19 and tobacco cessation: lessons from India. in Public health

 
Title Tobacco facts: a brief educational resource for Ethiopia 
Description This animation is aimed at deterring young people, namely school children, from taking up tobacco use in any form. TCCP research fellow, Selamawit Hirpa, and Co-Is Professor John Britton and Professor Andrew Fogarty were key in developing this educational tool. The animation is also available in Amharic. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The animation will be distributed via Ethiopia's Schools Satellite network when conflict subsides in the country. The expectation is that it will help to discourage school children from taking up any form of tobacco use. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5-JUpI0cXY&t=0s
 
Description The overall aim of the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme (TCCP) was to increase research capacity in eight low and middle-income countries (LMICs) (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, South Africa, the Gambia, Uganda and Pakistan) to create evidence to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco use and to advance key development priorities. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, the TCCP has met each of its planned outcomes.
• Early career researchers with increased independence, confidence and skill play an active role in Non-Communicable Disease research
The TCCP has successfully increased the research capacity of 11 full-time early career researchers, eight with LMIC partner research institutions and three in the UK. Research fellows have reported an increase in skills and confidence as a direct result of engaging in TCCP capacity strengthening activities (including mentorship) aimed at increasing subject area knowledge, methodological competencies, as well as policy engagement and communications skills. As a result, the cohort has successfully produced high-quality, context-specific research on tobacco control. TCCP research fellows have also gone on to secure fellowships, grants, editorial positions, senior lectureship posts and sponsored places at national and international conferences.
• Country and region-specific research on tobacco control is produced by research teams influences policy discussions and debates
26 country-specific projects have been successfully completed, the majority focusing on three key areas of tobacco control: implementing effective tobacco taxation measures, preventing illicit trade and addressing tobacco industry interference. The research produced directly responds to local needs identified by TCCP partners and government officials and constitutes evidence critical to informing the effective implementation of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Research findings have been disseminated among a broad range of stakeholders through planned engagement meetings, participation in national tobacco control committees and other advisory committees, as well as via national conferences and local and national media. As a result, LMIC partners have successfully influenced policy discussions and contributed to the strengthening of tobacco control measures in a number of countries.
• High quality, relevant research is published and evidence-informed discussions are facilitated to support better implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)
The TCCP has produced 39 peer-reviewed publications to date with a further 21 planned. This includes eight papers on addressing tobacco industry interference, published as part of a special issue in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control. In addition, consortium partners have disseminated findings in press releases, technical reports and policy briefs and contributed to the development of government guidance on FCTC implementation. Research findings have formed the basis of evidence-informed discussions with multiple national stakeholders such as Ministries of Health and Finance, policy enforcement agencies and tobacco control advocates that have begun to inform policy.
• New or strengthened relationships and networks built with policymakers and other key stakeholders, at local, national and international levels
Despite the travel and engagement challenges presented by the pandemic, TCCP teams have been successful in establishing and strengthening relationships and networks with key stakeholders. In year one of the programme, teams held stakeholder engagement meetings to foster relationships and map out key research themes for co-production. In year four, each team held a final stakeholder meeting to share their research findings and consider the implications for local and national policy. Over the course of the programme, teams continued to regularly engage with government officials, civil society organisations and others, if not in person, then online, to maintain relationships and advance research activities and advocacy efforts. New stakeholder relationships were fostered, for example, with Pakistan's National Tobacco Control Cell which became a formal affiliate of the programme in 2019. Other relationships were strengthened, evidenced through government agencies' commissioning of TCCP members to conduct research and to join national tobacco control advisory committees. TCCP teams also broadened networks internationally through their collaboration with other global tobacco control programmes. This has resulted in greater co-ordination among tobacco control stakeholders and has enhanced cross-learning.
Exploitation Route TCCP's success in increasing the capacity of post-doctoral researchers will have a positive legacy. Research fellows will be able to apply their new skills to future research and many have already gone on to secure grants for follow-on work. Projects carried out by TCCP revealed important gaps in evidence for effective tobacco control, particularly in LMICs. The strong collaborations that TCCP has formed with consortium partners and others will also allow for the continuation of relevant research and advocacy beyond the lifetime of the programme; several teams are already working on funded projects and future proposals with academics in other universities and partner organisations to extend the work carried out to date.
TCCP research and engagement initiatives have already begun to inform policy making and contribute to the strengthening of tobacco control policies in LMICs. We anticipate that the context-specific evidence generated by the TCCP will continue to support policy makers in challenging tobacco industry tactics, strengthening tobacco control measures and contributing to reducing tobacco-induced mortality and morbidity. We also anticipate that TCCP research advocating increases in tobacco taxation will inform fiscal policies and contribute to a reduction in tobacco consumption and improved health outcomes, along with increased government revenues that will aid other development priorities.
Sectors Education,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/tobacco-control-capacity-programme
 
Description AAU (Ethiopia) - presentation of evidence at National Tobacco Control Review meeting
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni participated in a national training workshop on strengthening, monitoring and evaluating the National Tobacco Control Programme/MPOWER in India
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Dr Rumana Huque, ARKFoundation, member of Technical Committee for Tobacco Control
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Dr Rumana Huque, ArkFoundation, member of expert committee on national tobacco taxation - Bangladesh
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - submission of data for use in government reporting (2018 - 2021)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - submitted combined evidences of NGOs to government draft bill review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - submitted research results to Ministry of Health (2018 - 2021)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The submission of research evidence will have been part of the body of evidence considered by the government when drafting a new code of conduct in WHO FCTC 5.3.
 
Description KNUST (Ghana) - research fellow invited to join Inter-agency committee on tobacco
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description KNUST (Ghana) Provided Evidence to Key Government Officials at a Stakeholder and Engagement Meeting
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Research conducted by TCCP Research Fellow Dr Arti Singh at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) revealed that one in five cigarettes in Ghana are illicit. These findings were shared with key government officials during a stakeholder meeting held in Accra on September 2nd, 2021. As a result of sharing these findings, the government has decided to move forward with the signing of the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Protocol for Ghana. Dr Olivia Agyejumwaa Boateng, Head of the Tobacco and Substance Abuse Department, Food and Drugs Authority, who attended the meeting, said that the signing of the protocol marked a significant milestone in the history of tobacco control.
URL https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/One-in-five-cigarettes-in-Ghana-is-illicit-KNUST-...
 
Description KNUST findings on illicit tobacco support ratification of Illicit Tobacco Protocol
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.gna.org.gh/1.21179533#:~:text=The%20Protocol%20is%20an%20international,in%20cooperation%...
 
Description MAHE (India) - provided data to government review on a proposed Tobacco Free Generation Policy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description MAHE (India) - provided feedback as part of government review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description MAHE India - membership of District Tobacco Control Committee
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description MAHE India - membership of State Tobacco Control Committee
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description MAKSPH - Research Fellow member of National Tobacco Control Forum (Advisory Committee)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description MAKSPH, Uganda - Research Fellow invited to participate on Alcohol advisory committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description MAKSPH, Uganda - Research Fellow involved in government strategic plan review (2019/2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description MAKSPH, Uganda - stakeholder training on WHO FCTC Article 5.3 (Dec, 2020)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Participants from four government departments learned about Article 5.3 and implementation methods.
 
Description MRC Gambia - Meeting with the Tobacco Control Committee to advise on policy implications of their research
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://standard.gm/govt-to-enforce-tobacco-control-regulation-forthwith-0/
 
Description MRC Gambia - Research Fellow member of multisectoral working group on alcohol
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Research fellow is part of the consultation on an alcohol policy for Gambia.
 
Description MRC Gambia - Research Fellow member of multisectoral working group on tobacco
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Research fellow was invited to be part of the committee as a technical advisor. TCCP research results have been presented at meetings and have had a direct impact on activities and policies enacted.
 
Description MRC Gambia - preliminary research results presented at Ministry of Health meeting (2020)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Research results were shared with at a government meeting. A number of follow up activities took place by government officials including communication with policy, civil service and importers to reemphasis existing legislation.
 
Description REEP, UCT - input in to FCTC2030 project
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Agreement with the FCTC2030 project that REEP will support a number of countries with technical support related to tobacco taxation.
 
Description REEP, UCT - research evidence submitted to government committee (Nov 2019)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact As indicated in previous reports, the TCCP is part of a larger network of research at the University of Cape Town, namely the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP). The work done in TCCP is symbiotic to the work done in REEP. A letter was submitted to a parliamentary committee on finance discussing excise taxes on the tobacco industry. Evidence submitted by REEP helped the committee to decide to recommend to increase taxation on tobacco products. The letter submitted directly referenced evidence generated by this research programme.
 
Description Research Fellow - Uganda - Appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Uganda National Bureau on Tobacco and Related Products Technical Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Research Fellow Joins National Tobacco Control Committee - Ethiopia
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Research Fellow, Denis Male, contributes to development of Law Enforcer's Handbook for Tobacco Control Act 2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
 
Description TCCP partners at REEP provided guidance on National Treasury discussion document
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Assessing Compliance with Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Ban in Karnataka
Amount ₹40,000 (INR)
Organisation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 02/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Ban on sale of loose cigarettes: Awareness, perceptions, practices among vendors and smokers in Coastal Karnataka
Amount ₹22,000 (INR)
Organisation Government of India 
Department Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Sector Public
Country India
Start 01/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description Covid-19 and Tobacco Project
Amount £90,575 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description Generating Evidence to Advocate for a Smoke-Free Karachi (A pilot study) - managed by TCCP partner AKU
Amount $50,000 (USD)
Organisation Bloomberg 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 01/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description Government of Uganda - Research and Innovations Fund (RIF)
Amount £104,710,000 (UGX)
Organisation Government of Uganda 
Sector Public
Country Uganda
Start 11/2019 
End 06/2020
 
Description Local grants scheme
Amount ₹26,285 (INR)
Organisation Government of Karnataka 
Sector Public
Country India
Start 03/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description MIXED METHODS RESEARCH INTO GOVERNANCE OF TOBACCO CONTROL POLICY IN THE UK OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
Amount £74,729 (GBP)
Organisation Public Health England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 06/2020
 
Description NIHR Global Health Research Group on Addressing Smokeless Tobacco and building Research capacity in south Asia (ASTRA) at the University of York
Amount £1,999,998 (GBP)
Funding ID 17/63/76 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Description Qualitative research into standardised packaging of tobacco in the UK Overseas Territories (SPoT).
Amount £36,515 (GBP)
Organisation Public Health England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Description Reducing Tobacco Use Through Health Promotion and Enforcement of Tobacco Control Laws in The Gambia
Amount $182,002 (USD)
Organisation Management Sciences for Health 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 07/2020 
End 08/2021
 
Description Small grants scheme
Amount ₹23,429 (INR)
Organisation Government of Karnataka 
Sector Public
Country India
Start 03/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description Smokeless tobacco use among women of reproductive age in Pakistan: A secondary analysis
Amount £24,642 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Global Challenges Research Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Description The policy and politics of taxes for health: A theory-based analysis of the design, adaptation and implementation of Ethiopia's alcohol and tobacco excise tax policy
Amount $39,320 (USD)
Organisation World Health Organization (WHO) 
Sector Public
Country Global
Start 12/2021 
End 12/2022
 
Description Understanding the political economy of health taxes in Ghana
Amount $30,000 (USD)
Organisation World Health Organization (WHO) 
Sector Public
Country Global
Start 06/2021 
End 07/2022
 
Title Empty Cigarette Pack Analysis 
Description Independent evidence regarding the extent of illicit cigarette share in the market was scarce in Bangladesh. With a view to generating the evidence, the ARK foundation implemented an empty cigarette pack collection survey throughout the country covering 80 different areas. Empty cigarette packs were collected from the cigarette retailers and from the nearby streets. A total of around 24,000 cigarette packs were collected and analyzed for compliance with regulations. Considering the country's tobacco control law different pack features were recorded. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact One scientific research article and two editorials have been published to date. 
 
Title Implementation of Article 5.3 in Bangladesh 
Description Industry interference-free, policy-making is a prerequisite for successful tobacco control in a country. As a signatory of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control it is obligatory for the Bangladesh to implement Article 5.3 for tobacco control. However, very little is known about the implementation status and also the barriers and challenges the country is facing for its proper implementation. Correspondingly a qualitative key informant interview survey was conducted with around 15 participants. The participants represented, government officials, tobacco control researchers and academics, tobacco control activists and advocates, policymakers, media personnel and others. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Two scientific papers have been published to date. 
 
Title Knowledge, opinion and compliance survey dataset - smokefree policies in Ghana 
Description A cross sectional survey was conducted to ascertain the knowledge, opinions and compliance related to Ghana's smoke free policies among owners and staff of hospitality venues by city, staff designation, and venue. The data set generated contains 156 observations and 26 variables including city, venue type, staff designation, self-compliance, knowledge related questions and opinions about smoke-free law. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact An article has been published in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. 
 
Title Knowlege, Attitudes and Practices of Cigarette Retailers 
Description Cigarette retailers are important stakeholders in the supply chain. However, little is known about their knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding the business system they follow. In Bangladesh, the ARK Foundation implemented a cross-sectional survey throughout the country, covering 80 different areas. A total of around 1,400 cigarette retailers participated and reflected their knowledge, attitude, and practices on business systems, strategies, and illicit products. The data set generated is highly sensitive and important in understanding the illicit tobacco trade in Bangladesh. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact No notable impacts as of yet, but publications are in development. 
 
Title Pack survey data on illicit cigarettes in Ghana 
Description This data set contains 4461 observations and 13 variables. The variables include city, country zone, shop type, border town, cigarette brand, tax stamp, warning label, warning label in English, for sale in Ghana sign, price/pack, country of origin, and classification of packs into illicit or licit. The data set is the first of its kind to have been created in Ghana. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data set has led to the development of one publication, submitted to BMJ open on the illicit tobacco trade in Ghana. The evidence gathered from the data is also being used in support of the government's ratification of illicit trade protocols. 
 
Title Survey of Tobacco Users of Pakistan (STOP) 
Description STOP data were collected from a random population sample consisting of eligible male and female smokers >15 years old. Data were collected digitally via android tablets. Data were cleaned and analyzed using SPSS. The dataset includes variables on socio-demographics, smoking status, nicotine dependency, attitude of smokers towards tobacco control policies, electronic-e cigarettes and cigarette packs. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Three papers to date have been published in notable international journals. Nationally, a fact sheet of all the results was presented to the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulation and Coordination in Pakistan before the 2020 budget to help in making decisions regarding tobacco taxation. The data were helpful in informing Pakistan's government policy on tobacco taxes. 
 
Title The Gambia GCRF Tobacco Control Capacity Program (TCCP) population-based study 
Description The study is a population based longitudinal study using the Farafenni Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Platform. The HDSS was established in October 1981 by the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) and is updated every four months. Entry to the HDSS is through initial enumeration, birth or immigration. Our sample comprises of 4547 participants who consented for the baseline survey conducted between January -March 2020. Out of those consented for the baseline, 3470 were interviewed for the follow up (conducted between September to November 2021), 94 did not consent, 34 passed away, and 970 either migrated or were not reached after a minimum of three visits. Interviews were carried out by trained field workers at the households of sampled consented participants and data electronically captured using the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap; https://projectredcap.org/software/). We also conducted some phone interviews during the follow up survey. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This is the first longitudinal study on tobacco use in The Gambia and hence provides a unique opportunity to both assess and monitor the extent of tobacco use, risk factors, cost and consequences overtime. Preliminary analysis has been used to draft some manuscripts which were used to guide the drafting of various national policy documents on tobacco use and non-communicable diseases in general. Since it is the first longitudinal study on tobacco use in the Gambia, it serves as a baseline for tobacco and non-communicable diseases research in the future. Our baseline and follow up study raised several research questions which informed the writing of a successful fellowship grant application. 
 
Description ASH - support in delivery of communications workshop (2020) 
Organisation Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Department Action on Smoking and Health (ASH Scotland)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Frequent communications
Collaborator Contribution The CEO of ASH has played an active role on the International Advisory Board of the programme. She also helped as one of the trainers at a communications workshop in Addis Ababa in 2020.
Impact Communications plans prepared by all LMIC teams
Start Year 2017
 
Description Addressing Smokeless Tobacco and building Research Capacity in South Asia (ASTRA) 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP principal investigator Prof. Linda Bauld is Project Lead for the Smoking Cessation Work Package for ASTRA (this WP also involves Prof. Rumana Huque, a co-investigator on TCCP). The Centre Director for ASTRA, Prof. Kamran Siddiqi is a co-investigator on TCCP. Ann McNeill, of King's College London, is a co-investigator on both TCCP and ASTRA. Prof. Siddiqi sits on the Core Coordination Group and the Strategic Management Group of TCCP; Prof. Huque sits on the Core Coordination Group.
Collaborator Contribution Key events across both projects frequently see members of the research team of the other project in attendance. The TCCP programme meeting in March 2019 illustrated this. Rumana Huque, Ann McNeill and Kamran Siddiqi were all present (and presented) at the meeting and engaged in key discussions. In addition, ASTRA Early Career Researchers and TCCP Research Fellows held a joint 'training day', with sessions led by Prof. Bauld and Prof. Siddiqi. This gave both sets of researchers an opportunity to meet, discuss their work and strengthen connections for future collaboration.
Impact Aside from the support provided to both projects from the other, and the joint training mentioned above, there have been no joint outputs or outcomes as yet.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Aga Khan University, Pakistan - joined TCCP as a partner 
Organisation Aga Khan University
Country Pakistan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Aga Khan University was added to TCCP as a partner (unfunded) in 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Appointees join TCCP team meetings and share information from their research programmes which are relevant to TCCP work. TCCP team members have also provided advice to AKU on their research projects.
Impact No outputs to date
Start Year 2019
 
Description Framework Convention Alliance 
Organisation Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chair position in International Advisory Board offered.
Collaborator Contribution The Executive Director of FCA has been chair of the programme's International Advisory Board. A member of the FCA team also delivered a training session to some of the programme's research fellows at a communications training event in 2020.
Impact As above
Start Year 2017
 
Description GECI-PH Network Memberships - TCCP Members 
Organisation ARK Foundation Bangladesh
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Members of the TCCP consortium became network members of the Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network (GECI-PH) in 2020 after being introduced by one of the UK Research Fellows from TCCP.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance of webinars, dissemination of publications etc
Impact Information of the TCCP webinar on industry interference (Feb 2021) was circulated to GECI-PH members.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GECI-PH Network Memberships - TCCP Members 
Organisation Addis Ababa University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Members of the TCCP consortium became network members of the Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network (GECI-PH) in 2020 after being introduced by one of the UK Research Fellows from TCCP.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance of webinars, dissemination of publications etc
Impact Information of the TCCP webinar on industry interference (Feb 2021) was circulated to GECI-PH members.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GECI-PH Network Memberships - TCCP Members 
Organisation HRIDAY
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Members of the TCCP consortium became network members of the Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network (GECI-PH) in 2020 after being introduced by one of the UK Research Fellows from TCCP.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance of webinars, dissemination of publications etc
Impact Information of the TCCP webinar on industry interference (Feb 2021) was circulated to GECI-PH members.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GECI-PH Network Memberships - TCCP Members 
Organisation Makerere University
Country Uganda 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Members of the TCCP consortium became network members of the Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network (GECI-PH) in 2020 after being introduced by one of the UK Research Fellows from TCCP.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance of webinars, dissemination of publications etc
Impact Information of the TCCP webinar on industry interference (Feb 2021) was circulated to GECI-PH members.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GECI-PH Network Memberships - TCCP Members 
Organisation Manipal University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Members of the TCCP consortium became network members of the Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network (GECI-PH) in 2020 after being introduced by one of the UK Research Fellows from TCCP.
Collaborator Contribution Attendance of webinars, dissemination of publications etc
Impact Information of the TCCP webinar on industry interference (Feb 2021) was circulated to GECI-PH members.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation St George's University
Country Grenada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Global Health Respiratory Network 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution TCCP team members (Linda Bauld, Kamran Siddiqi, Noreen Mdege and Fiona Davidson) are all members of this network. This is a consortium of 12 UKRI funded global health research consortium (GHRN). The consortium was formed in 2018 and meets every quarter to discuss research priorities, opportunities for collaboration and learning. The TCCP team has contributed to the meetings so far, exchange of data between partners and has made a small financial contribution towards the network (with the agreement of our MRC Project Officer). The TCCP team have also directly contributed to a co-authored paper by GHRN. See: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/155404/2/Global_Health_Respiratory_Network_editorial_Dec_2019.pdf
Collaborator Contribution Both Kamran Siddiqi and Noreen Mdege are members of this network.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary, including members from the following disciplines: marketing, social policy, economics, public health medicine, respiratory medicine, project management, finance, immunoligists and pharmacologists One paper has been published by GHRN (referenced above and included in the publications section).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products (STOP) 
Organisation University of Bath
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Anna Gilmore, who leads the STOP programme in the University of Bath, is a co-investigator on TCCP. Stop is also part funding a CPD training course at the University of Bath that TCCP researchers have and will be able to take part in.
Collaborator Contribution Professor Anna Gilmore's work in the TCCP (on tobacco industry interference and improved governance for FCTC implementation) is closely aligned to the STOP programme and TCCP was specifically highlighted in the STOP application. In addition to the CPD course mentioned above, the wider TCCP and STOP teams are currently discussing further opportunities for collaboration. Members of the STOP team are now supporting TCCP teams with their research programmes. Partners from the TCCP consortium are now part of a network convened by STOP.
Impact A Research Fellow from TCCP has been awarded an international visiting fellowship with the University of Bath on the STOP programme.
Start Year 2018
 
Description AAU (Ethiopia) - presentation to National Tobacco Control review committee (2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The research fellow was asked to do a presentation on the findings from the Covid-19 and Tobacco study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description AAU Final Stakeholder Meeting - December 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The stakeholder event took place on December 14th, 2021 in Addis Abba. It was attended by 43 people, excluding media representatives. Among those in attendance were senior officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. There were also representatives from WHO, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and various civil society organisations. The meeting provided a successful platform for TCCP academics to showcase their research findings on the implementation of Article 5.3 and use of shisha and other tobacco products among school children. Following the dissemination of these findings, TCCP researchers were able to discuss recommendations for future policy; these recommendations were well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - ARK team attended meeting with National Board of Revenue colleague (Feb 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The ARK Foundation team attended a meeting with officials from the National Board of Revenue to ask them to support organising the training for data entry operators on the illicit trade study. They agreed to provide this support to the study which will both strengthen the quality of the study and support findings being disseminated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and Syed Mahbubul Alam Tahin (collaborator) take part in discussion meeting on tobacco tax rise (9th Nov, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP ARK Foundation Co-Investigator, Rumana Huque, and Collaborator, Syed Mahbubul Alam Tahin, attended a technical working group meeting titled 'Importance of Tax Rise on Tobacco and Its Benefits in Improving Public Health' was organized by the joint initiative of Health Economics Unit, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance (BATA) and Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust in the conference room of Health Economics Unit. Speakers at the meeting expressed their views that the weak tobacco tax structure is benefiting the tobacco company in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://thebangladeshtoday.com/?p=26480&fbclid=IwAR0BNCVbLbHTwyjQilgO0IDQOV6SEfrJ9nLLSa3PC0FkQpwcwM0...
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and Syed Mahbubul Alam Tahin (collaborator) take part in regional webinar on tobacco taxation (June 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in Regional Webinar with India and Nepal on "Smokeless Tobacco" organized by The Union and BER, University of Dhaka.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and Syed Mahbubul Alam Tahin (collaborator) take part in webinar "Current System of Stamp and Bandroll Use for Tobacco Tax Collection and Timely Proposals". (Nov 29, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The speakers spoke at a webinar on Sunday (November 29th) at a webinar organised by the Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP) and The Tobacco Control and Research Cell of Dhaka International University, which is the "Current System of Stamp and Bandroll Use for Tobacco Tax Collection and Timely Proposals".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://barta24.com/details/national/109872/illegal-use-stamp-bandroll-loss-%09government-800-crore
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and Syed Mahbubul Alam Tahin (collaborator) take part in webinar on tobacco taxation (25 Nov, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Text copied from online news story: The most effective and affordable way to control tobacco and tobacco products is to increase prices and bring it out of the purchasing power of the common man. This also reduces tobacco use and increases the revenue of the government. But it is not playing a role in controlling tobacco and increasing revenue for the complex and flawed tobacco tax structure in Bangladesh. So, it is important to formulate a national tobacco tax policy for effective tobacco tax system in Bangladesh. "The trend of tobacco tax in South East Asia, especially Bangladesh, is particularly the trend of tobacco tax in South East Asia" (Trends in Tobacco Taxation in South East Asia, with a special focus on Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP), the Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Coalition (BATA) and the World Health Organization's FCTC Noles Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Elyssit Trade. The information was presented by Sam Philby, Research Officer and Program Manager at the World Health Organization's FCTC Nolez Hub on Tobaco Taxation and Elite Trade, and "Tobaco Taxation in Bangladesh", by Sam Philby, Professor of Economics at Dhaka University and professor of Economics at the Bangladesh Network for Tobaco Tax Policy (BNTP). Asish Pandey, deputy director of The Union's Tobaco Control, was present as an expert negotiator. The greetings were delivered by The World Health Organization's FCTC Nolez Hub on Tobaco Taxation and Elite Trade program director Touhida Jacob and was conducted by the International Organization for The Union's Technical Advisor Advocate Syed Mahbubul Alam. The speakers also said that the opportunity to choose alternatives to the multi-level weak tax structure and the price rise due to the diversity in tobacco products is a major challenge for effective tobacco control in Southeast Asia. Taking this challenge into consideration, it is time to take the timely tobacco tax action. The Prime Minister has announced that Bangladesh will be free from tobacco by 2040 and has promised to adopt a comprehensive tobacco tax policy to meet the target. So, to fulfill the promise of the Prime Minister, the National Tobacco Tax Policy should be formulated immediately. This will include tax collection, tax collection and monitoring, tracking and tracing, tax evasion, import-export, tobacco tax administration and all the issues related to tobacco tax. The speakers said that the percentage rate on prices in Bangladesh does not contribute to tobacco control and revenue growth but rather is increasing the profits of tobacco companies in an undesirable way. In the past ten years, the production of tobacco products has doubled, but the profit of The Cospani has increased five fold. The change in the situation demands a percentage rate on prices as well as a fine for all tobacco products. Economists from Bangladesh, South Africa, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Colombia and Sri Lanka, tobacco tax experts and tobacco control workers participated in the webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.mchokh.com/%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%82%e0%a6%b2%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%a6%e0%a7%87%e0%a6%b6/%e0%a...
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and TCCP team members attend information exchange with WBB (Oct 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Opinion Exchange Program on "FCTC Article 5.3: Development of Code of Conduct". Covened by Health Ministry and Work for Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust. Main output of this activity was a wider network for ARK Foundation in Bangladesh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) and TCCP team members meeting with MOHFW (Oct 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Health Secretary on "Expediting the Tobacco Control Initiatives in Bangladesh".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) participated in round table discussion on 'Proposed Tobacco Tax Policy n Bangladesh" (Feb 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a round table discussion and reflection. It was hosted by the Bureau of Economic Research (BER), University of Dhaka. This was not connected with a specific piece of TCCP research but part of the relationship building that TCCP has contributed to. The output of the meeting was finalising the proposed Tobacco Tax Policy and the next step will be to share to proposal with all tobacco control advocates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - Rumana Huque (co-I) participated in roundtable discussion on "Tobacco Tax Proposal for 2020 - 2021 budget" (March 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Rumana Huque participated in roundtable discussion on the "Tobacco Tax Proposal for the Budget 2020 - 2021" by WHO in Health Economics Unit (HEU), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The meeting was attended by Tobacco Control Researchers, Academicians, Economists and Tobacco Control Advocates. The main output of the engagement was to finalise the tobacco taxation proposal for the 2020 - 2021 budget.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - TCCP Research Fellow participated in training program on "Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation: Public Health Perspective" (July 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TCCP Research Fellow participated as resource person in training program on "Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation: Public Health Perspective" by Bureau of Economic Research (BER), University of Dhaka.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - TCCP team members support Bureau of Economic Research (BER) (throughout 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bureau of Economic Research (BER), University of Dhaka is currently drafting "Tobacco Tax Policy for Bangladesh". The ARK Foundation team are engaged with that initiative and contributing significantly and participating their regular Zoom meetings and webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - TCCP team participated in online talk show on tobacco taxation (Sept 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online Talk Show on "Youth Involvement in Tobacco Tax Programme". This was convened by the Bureau of Economic Research (BER), University of Dhaka and Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP). This resulted in ARK being able to showcase it's work and network with a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARK (Bangladesh) - TCCP team participated in talk show on tobacco taxation (June 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated as Discussant in an online Talk Show on "Tobacco Tax Myth: Industry Interference" organized by BNTTP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ARKFoundation Final Stakeholder Engagement Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP partners at ARKFoundation, Bangladesh, held their final stakeholder engagement meeting on December 26, 2021 in Dhaka. The event was aimed at sharing research findings that could guide the implementation of stronger tobacco control policies. It was also aimed at identifying institutional weaknesses and barriers to implementing tobacco control policies in a bid to address the illicit tobacco trade and unwarranted industry interference. The event was attended by approximately 50 people, including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the National Bureau of Revenue, WHO and the media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/views/views/illicit-tobacco-industry-interference-in-bangladesh-1...
 
Description Blog post (Sept 2020) - Covid-19 and Tobacco - findings and reflections from a desk-based mapping study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The main aim of this activity was to share learning from the desk based mapping conducted as part of the Covid-19 and Tobacco study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/news-events/news-2020/understanding-covid-19-and-tobacco-in-six-lmics
 
Description Cancer Collective Conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact TCCP Co-Investigator, Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni, presented a talk at the conference titled: 'Tobacco and Cancer: The Unholy Liaison'. The event took place on February 27th 2021 in commemoration of World Cancer Day and was organised by Kasturba Medical College of Manipal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Closing the Gap: Nicotine and Tobacco Research in High-Burden Low-Income Countries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact More than 300 people attended this preliminary talk during an international meeting. This led to much discussion and follow up collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Covid-19 and Tobacco Webinar (15th Sept 2020; hosted by Africa Tobacco Control Alliance; all speakers from TCCP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Africa Tobacco Control Alliance hosted a webinar to disseminate results from the TCCP spin off project, the Covid-19 and Tobacco project and the stakeholder survey undertaken within it. All speakers were from TCCP (Linda Bauld, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Wakgari Deressa and Kellen Nyamurungi).

An email follow up was sent to all participants and ATCA members (copied below but without hyperlinks):

Dear sir/madam,
We sincerely thank you for your interest in our webinar titled COVID-19 and Tobacco Control in Africa: Findings from a Rapid Response Project in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda held last Tuesday 15 September 2020. You can find useful links as follows:
• The webinar recording (due to technical difficulties, we could only assemble the keynote address and oral questions and answers)
• PowerPoint presentation of speakers
• Ethiopia Brief
• Ghana Brief
• Uganda Brief
• Q&A written responses
• More information about the project
You can also visit ATCA's tobacco control & COVID-19 online resource centre.
Kindly note the next webinar of our Africa Tobacco Control Talks series will be on the topic: Practical tips for overcoming challenges in tobacco control implementation in Africa. We will inform you when we open registration for the webinar which is scheduled for Wednesday 30 September 2020.
Best regards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/research/projects/covid-19-and-tobacco
 
Description Covid-19 and Tobacco Webinar (hosted by Usher Insitute, University of Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A webinar was hosted to discuss evidence related to Tobacco and Covid-19. This was hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Usher Institue and over 500 people attended from around the world. TCCP team members Linda Bauld, Monika Arora and Kamran Siddiqi attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFvyfsOjWbw
 
Description Dhaka Conference on Tobacco Control or Health, 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Research Fellow, Abdullah Sonnet, was a panelist during the conference session titled: 'The Health and Socioeconomic Consequences of Tobacco Use'. The conference had more than 200 attendees and was focused on influencing policy and practice at both local and national levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - Dr. Aastha Chugh presentation during 5th National Conference on Tobacco Control or Health (Sept 25-26, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Dr. Aastha Chugh presented elucidated the Monitoring of TII in panel discussion session on Stopping TII in 5th National Conference on Tobacco Control or Health (NCTOH) Virtual.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - Dr. Aastha Chugh presentation during National Symposium on Tobacco or Health (May 29th, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Dr. Aastha Chugh presented Tobacco Industry Index 5.3 study at a National Symposium on Tobacco and Health (May 29th 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - Report launch and chair of session at 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (Sept 25-26, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The TII Index for the year 2019 was prepared by Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru for which HRIDAY team was involved as reviewer. This index was released during the 5th National Conference on Tobacco OR Health (NCTOH) held in India during September 25th - 26th, 2020.

A Panel Discussion on Stopping TII Index & TII 2020 report was also organized during 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) held in India during September 25th - 26th, 2020. The Panel Discussion was chaired by Dr. Monika Arora.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nctoh2020.com/index.html
 
Description HRIDAY (India) - TII Index study presented at National symposium on Tobacco or Health (May 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TII Index study presentation at national symposium on Tobacco Or Health on May 29th 2020. This national symposium was represented by approximately 650 participants, virtually.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description HRIDAY Research Fellow joined expert panel at Alliance for Tobacco Control Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On December 22, 2021, Ms. Shalini Bassi, TCCP fellow from HRIDAY, presented findings from her research on the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 as part of an expert panel at an event organised by the Alliance for Tobacco Control. The event was attended by 31 individuals from a variety of sectors, among them medical practitioners, academics and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. During discussions, recommendations for tighter measures to combat tobacco industry interference were shared and well-received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description International Webinar on Tobacco Control - 31 May 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Co-I, Dr. Muralidhar Kulkarni, and his team at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education organised the International Webinar on Tobacco Control to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on May 31st. TCCP colleagues from across the consortium presented at the event including Selamawit Hirpa (Ethiopia), Abdullah Sonnet (Bangladesh), Arti Singh (Ghana), Kellen Nyamurungi (Uganda) and Monika Arora (India). Professors John Britton and Linda Bauld also participated in the event. The webinar was attended by policy-makers, academics and third party organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description KNUST (Ghana) - radio interview of Covid-19 and Tobacco (2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The KNUST team were approached to undertake a radio interview, following the circulation of a policy brief from the Covid-19 and Tobacco project. This was a radio interview and was followed with a few write ups in newspapers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description KNUST Final Stakeholder Event - September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The stakeholder event was held on September 1-2, 2021 in Accra, Ghana, and was a critical opportunity for TCCP partners at the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to share their research findings on smokeless tobacco and illicit tobacco trade with senior stakeholders across government ministries, including the Ministry of Health, as well as officials from Ghana's Food and Drug Authority, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Revenue Authority and several NGOs. A total of 58 senior stakeholders attended the two day event. Day 1 was used to disseminate the research findings and associated recommendations. Among the key findings shared was that 20-30% of Ghana's tobacco products are illicit and that the ban on single stick cigarettes, together with a national track and trace system could be effective in stemming the trade of illicit tobacco. Day 2 involved round table discussions with stakeholders and researchers which led to the successful identification of key areas for future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description KNUST, Ghana - Research Fellow meets with policy makers on illicit trade in Ghana (Aug - Oct 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Research Fellow conducted interviews with key policymakers at national level to gain further understanding on the illicit trade in tobacco in Ghana.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description LBauld keynote (17th Sept 2020) SRNT conference: "Covid-19 and tobacco control: Aligning communicable and non-communicable disease responses" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Linda delivered a keynote speech entitled "Covid-19 and tobacco control: Aligning communicable and non-communicable disease responses" to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Europe 20th Conference which was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This speech drew on evidence generated by the Covid-19 and Tobacco Project which is a spin-off project from the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme and from partners within SPECTRUM. It is estimated that over 200 people attended the conference and listened to the keynote speech.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://api.srnt-e.org/files/filePath//accordion_files/b89e6f4d8198448c9f4d22a0a4849614
 
Description MAHE Final Stakeholder Meeting - September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Approximately 80 people joined this virtual meeting that was aimed at disseminating Manipal's research findings on Article 5.3 and tobacco pack health warnings to key regional stakeholders and subject experts.The stakeholder meeting was attended by officials from the Department of Health and Family Welfare as well as by officials from the state and district tobacco control committee cell. Recommendations shared with policy makers were well received and sparked discussion and calls for further engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description MAHE, India - TCCP Co-investigator Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni joined state level tobacco control cell meeting (Sept 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni joined the state level tobacco control cell meeting and shared updates on the TCCP funded research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MAHE, India - TCCP Co-investigator Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni selected to expert committee to advise government on Covid-19 control (March 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr. Muralidhar Kulkarni has been selected to the expert committee constituted by Karnataka Association of Community Health to suggest recommendations to the Government of Karnataka on containing Covid-19 in the state
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MAHE, India - TCCP team members meet with district government officials to discuss TCCP studies (Feb 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP team members met with district surveillance officer, consultant and data collector along with two research assistants at Bangalore rural. Total six members. The meeting was used to brief government officials on the TCCP supported tobacco taxation study. The main output was strengthened relations with the government officials and plans for future contact on the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MAHE, India - TCCP team members meet with government officials to discuss 5.3 study (Mar - April 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TCCP research fellow and team members met with State and District Tobacco Control Members to discuss the TCCP supported research on 5.3. These meetings supported the TCCP team to gain more information about updates to tobacco control policy and practice - this information will be used to inform reporting and final publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MAKSPH, Uganda - TCCP team members attend TII workshop (Feb 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact TCCP team members participated in a meeting with stakeholders for the implementation of Uganda's Tobacco Control Act, 2015. These included: National Bureau of Standards, Civil Aviation Authority, and National Environment Management Authority. This is connected with the TCCP associated research project 'Illicit Trade Study on Smokeless Tobacco Products". This was a Tobacco Industry Monitoring (TIM) training workshop, part of a 4-Module training programme on implementation of the Tobacco Control Act, 2015. Discussions are underway to organize additional training on implementation of the Tobacco Control Act, 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC Gambia - Meeting with the Tobacco Control Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP colleagues in The Gambia met with all members of the Tobacco Control Committee, including representatives from the Ministry of Health. During the meeting, Professor Umberto D'Alessandro and Dr Bai Cham shared their manuscript on exposure to second-hand smoke and discussed the policy implications of their findings. The feedback was very positive and the Ministry of Health as a result decided to redouble its sensitisation campaign. Moreover, the Ministry of Health issued a press release to remind the public about the smoke free regulations. This was broadcast on national television and public and private radio stations. It was also published by some of the local newspapers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://standard.gm/govt-to-enforce-tobacco-control-regulation-forthwith-0/
 
Description MRC Gambia - TCCP team meet with government officials on TCCP research projects (July 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TCCP team MRC@Gambia met with government officials to discuss the possibility of using the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey data of the Gambia as part of a TCCP research study. There was an agreement that some of the data from this survey could be shared with the TCCP research fellow for his planned work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC Gambia - attended meeting with key tobacco control stakeholders (Sept 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The meetings was attended by representatives from Ministry of Health, advocacy organisations, enforcement organisations and MRCG@LSHTM. The meeting was centred on modalities on how to go about the implementation and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2016 and Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 following series of sensitisations organised by the Ministry of Health and RAID The Gambia. The meeting came up with five key action points. An important development is that following our meeting the Minister of Health wrote to all tobacco importers, manufacturers, and distributors of tobacco products about the regulations on graphic health warning. Enforcement of the regulation will start by January 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC Gambia - supported Ministry of Health to work on grant application to Tobacco Policy Action Fund for Africa (July 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The MRC@Gambia team supported the Ministry of Health to work on a grant application from the Management Science for Health (MSH) Tobacco Policy Action Fund for Africa. This proposal was successful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC The Gambia - Final TCCP Stakeholder Meeting - December 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On November 15th, TCCP partners in the Gambia hosted a stakeholder meeting which was attended by around 40 people, including representatives from local and national governments, the World Health Organisation and also national television media. The meeting offered an opportunity to share research findings from data collected through the team's population survey data on Gambia's tobacco consumption and risk factors. The research findings were well received and have since guided changes to national and local policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.facebook.com/QTVGM/videos/270803728325214
 
Description MRC The Gambia - Meeting with the Head of the Mothers Health Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact TCCP Research Fellow, Bai Cham, met with the Head of the Mothers Health Foundation, a local NGO working on discouraging harmful practices by women, including the use of smokeless tobacco through their genitals. Following the meeting, TCCP colleagues had a series of follow-up meetings and discussions and provided technical support to the NGO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description MakSPH Final Stakeholder Meeting - November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP partners at the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSP) held their final stakeholder meeting on November 17, 2021. The event was attended by approximately 35 stakeholder from a variety of organisations, including government and civil society. The main purpose of the event was to share findings from TCCP studies on Article 5.3, smokeless tobacco/illicit trade, and Africa COP capacity, as well as to make recommendations for policy change. The findings were well received by those in attendance and there were plans to continue dialogue for change. Stakeholders have also since agreed to engage in joint public awareness and enforcement campaigns.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Meeting with Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Co-I, Dr Muralidhar Kulkarni was invited to meet with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell in December 2020 to engage in talks regarding the promotion and creation of a tobacco-free generation in Karnataka.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with government official (Ghana) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP partner KNUST (Ghana) met with the Ghanaian Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on country-specific TCCP research aims and objective on the three project areas. Refinement of the project areas to country-specific needs and targets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description National Tobacco Control Enforcement Training - Workshop conducted organised by the Ministry of Health, Uganda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Research Fellow, Dr. Denis Male, was invited to run a training workshop that was organised by the Ministry of Health and aimed at enhancement of tobacco control enforcement. The Fellow presented some findings from TCCP Article 5.3 and smokeless tobacco studies. The Fellow also gave presentations on national legislation regarding Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship, as well as on Tobacco Smoke-free Policies.

The information shared could improve the capacity of tobacco control enforcers to implement the smokeless tobacco comprehensive ban as stipulated in Uganda's tobacco control laws.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description REEP Final Stakeholder Meeting - October 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On October 21, TCCP partners at the University of Cape Town (REEP) held their final stakeholder event. The event was attended by approximately 30 people from a variety of organisations including academia, civil society, government and research institutions. Among those in attendance, were representatives from the South African Medical Council and South African Revenue Service, as well as the WHO. The main aim of the event was to disseminate the research findings in areas including tobacco taxation, illicit trade and tobacco industry interference. Recommendations to improve tobacco control policy were shared with stakeholders and well received. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was that Prof. Van Walbeek was invited to meet with the Treasury on a formula to adjust excise tax on tobacco products in line with international best practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description REEP, UCT, South Africa (LMIC partner) - TCCP Co-I and collaborator invited to sit on Scientific Advisory Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Corne and Hana were invited to sit on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, planned for South Africa for 2021. This invitation is not directly related to any of REEP's projects, but the TCCP and all other research experiences have helped create the credibility that made them good choices to sit on this committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Raising Oral Cancer Awareness - April 28, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Co-Investigator, Dr. Monika Arora from HRIDAY was a panelist at the 'Raising Oral Cancer Awareness' conference. She presented on the outcomes of TII Index. The conference was organised by Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai, and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TCCP AAU - presentation at workshop on NCD control (Sept 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Selamawit Hirpa, research fellow at AAU gave a presentation at a large workshop on the work being undertaken within TCCP. She was also a panellist and responded to questions related to tobacco and tobacco industry in Ethiopia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP AAU, CRUK and UoE - opinion piece published in Devex (Aug 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Team members at Addis Ababa University, Cancer Research UK and the University of Edinburgh jointly wrote an opinion piece on learning from their experience of being part of a research partnership for sustainable development. Devex reported that the post had over 8000 independent views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.devex.com/news/sponsored/opinion-what-you-need-to-know-about-research-partnerships-for-s...
 
Description TCCP ARK - Country PI invited to present at Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance meeting (August 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Rumana Huque had been invited to present 'Tobacco taxation in Bangladesh' in the annual meeting of Bangladesh Anti -Tobacco Alliance (more than 100 members). This activity is attributable to all of the activities undertaken by the ARK foundation, not just those undertaken within TCCP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP ARK - Opinion piece on illicit trade in tobacco in Bangladesh published in The Financial Express (Nov 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The ARK Foundation published an opinion piece in The Financial Express. This piece explained how estimates of the illicit trade could be calculated using import and export data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://today.thefinancialexpress.com.bd/26th-anniversary-issue-2/underreporting-in-bangladesh-persp...
 
Description TCCP ARK - RF invited to give inputs to post-budget consultation with civil society actors (June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The research fellow has been invited by the Bangladesh Cancer Society, Bangladesh Anti - Tobacco Alliance (BATA) and Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP) in a post budget consultation meeting to share the reflection on national budget focusing the tobacco control as a keynote speaker.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP ARK - article with quotes in Bangladesh Post (Nov 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rumana Huque, Country PI in the TCCP programme and focal person of Bureau of Economic Research (BER) and a professor of Economics department of Dhaka University, hascalled upon the authorities concerned to bring change in the tobacco products' tax structure as the present structure is very complex. This engagement activity was not just attributable to TCCP as ARK work on a few different programmes in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://bangladeshpost.net/posts/impose-higher-tax-on-tobacco-products-16955?fbclid=IwAR010bQRDNSkSs...
 
Description TCCP ARK - participation in pre-Budget round table discussions and expert opinion exchange (q1 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The ARK Foundation participated in the pre-budget round table discussions, including giving expert opinions on tobacco taxation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - Dr Monika Arora presentation at Global NCD Alliance Forum, Sharjah (Feb 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Dr. Arora presented abstract of TII index paper at the third Global NCD Alliance Forum held during Feb 9-11, 2020 at Sharjah.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - Dr. L Swasticharan (CMO, DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and Dr Praveen Sinha (NPO, tobacco control, WHO India) presented at TCCP research communication and impact training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Dr. L Swasticharan was present when the TCCP country teams presented their research updates and presented on progress on tobacco control in India. These members have been and will continue to be engaged in project communications and events. They are representatives of MoHFW, Govt of India and the WHO who play an important role in health policy making in India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - Prof. Ravi Mehrotra (CEO - India Cancer Research Consortium, ICMR) (Jan 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Prof. Ravi Mehrotra is a member of the TCCP-ASTRA consortium and actively provided inputs during the workshop and was also a resource person. No direct outputs as such but the members were actively engaged in discussions and provided feedback on the research. As he is already a member of the TCCP-ASTRA consortium and a rep of the ICMR he will continue to provide inputs broadly and will be engaged in future project activities and communications.

One output of his engagement was that he added the MAHE team lead to a WhatsApp group for those working in Tobacco Control in India and also plans to visit the team in Manipal to learn more about their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - TII reports submitted to Government of India for reporting countries progress to FCTC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The findings of India's TII Index 2018 & 2019 (previously entered on ResearchFish) submitted to the Government of India for reporting country's progress to WHO's FCTC secretariat for Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - dissemination of report to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Oct 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Shared 2nd TII index report (2019) with the Ministry of health and Family Welfare official. Also, requested to discuss syneries 5.3 work at HRIDAY and government's priorties related to 5.3. Report received positively, however a formal feedback anticipated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - meeting with Dr. Rijo M John, consultant to WHO (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The HRIDAY team met with Dr. Rijo M John to discuss the planned systematic review on tobacco taxation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - meeting with WHO India (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The HRIDAY team consulted with Dr. Praveen Sinha (WHO country office) to discuss their planned affordability study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - meeting with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ministry of Health and Family Welfare official was contacted to discuss syneries 5.3 work at HRIDAY and government's priorties related to 5.3. TII Index report 2018 report was also shared. Further follow up with the MOHFW will be pursued.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - report dissemination to Ministry of Finance (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The final India: TII Index 2018 was shared with the Ministry of Finance. A formal feedback anticipated. Disseminate updated reported for year 2019 also to the Ministry of Finance and request for a feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - report dissemination to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The final India: TII Index 2018 was shared with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Report received positively, however a formal feedback anticipated. Disseminate updated reported for year 2019 also to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and request for a feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY - sponsored attendance of WHO NCD meeting (Dec 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr. Chugh submitted an abstract in relation to 5.3 work to be presented at the WHO Global Meeting on NCDs and Mental Health. The abstract was accepted. She will be sponsorsed by WHO to present at the meeting in Muscat, Oman in December.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP HRIDAY, MAHE and AKU - sponsored attendance of policy workshop hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences (Jan 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UK Academy and the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka are hosting a workshop about research to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in South Asia. Professor Vajira Dissanayake and Professor Liam Smeeth FMedSci are chairing this workshop on the 23-24 January 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Three team members from TCCP partners will attend a meeting convened by the Academy of Medical Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The team members (Ms Tina Rawal - HRIDAY, Dr. Zohaib Akhter - Aga Khan University and Dr. Rohith Bhagawath - Manipal Academy of Health and Education) were nominated by TCCP to attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://acmedsci.ac.uk/policy/policy-projects/non-communicable-diseases-in-south-asia-and-beyond
 
Description TCCP MAHE - presentation at District Control Tobacco Committee (July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr. Muraldhar Kulkarni presented report on Quitline number, E-cigarette and beedi rollers studies in the quarterly meeting of District Tobacco Control Committee at Udupi District on 9th July 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MAHE - presentation of e-poster at SRNT-E conference (Sept 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tobacco Control Capacity Programme (TCPC) research fellow Dr Somya Mullapudi (from consortium member Manipal Academy of Higher Education) travelled to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Europe 19th Annual Conference this week. Somya was awarded an early career research travel award from the SRNT board. She presented her e-poster which outline results from the research that she is doing with TCCP.

She said "The SRNT-E annual conference provided a podium to present our research work on an international platform. Talks by fellow researchers and experts gave some insights into different areas of research on tobacco control carried out across the globe. The ultimate session of the event consisted of a talk on how to choose a journal and what the editors look for, that aptly supplemented to the information provided via workshops conducted at our host institution."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MAHE - research feedback call with Dr. Rijo M John (consultant to WHO) (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The team at MAHE had a call with Dr. Rijo M John to discuss their tobacco taxation research plans. Dr. Rijo John gave feedback on the planned research and guidance on how to source taxation data from all states in India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MAHE - visits to four district authorities to introduce upcoming research actitivites (June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mr.Praven Kumar visited four districts of Karnataka for the cross sectional study. During this period he interacted and sensitized district authorities on the importance of the implementation of Article 5.3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - Stakeholder Engagament Meeting (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a medium scale meeting sponsored by the TCCP programme. The aim was for this meeting to support MRC The Gambia to identify and build relationships with relevant stakeholders.
The partner team identified the following objectives for this activity:
- Keep inform of project plans and progress.
- Identify steps for ongoing stakeholder engagement.
- Identify key priorities for tobacco control and research to be conducted within TCCP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - attendance of MoH and WHO retreat on NCDs (Aug 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact From the 31st July to 4th August, the research fellow, Bai Cham, attended a retreat organised by the Ministry of Health and the WHO to review and adopt the WHO Package of Essential Non-communicable Disease Intervention (WHO -PEN) protocols and finalise the National Plan of Action for the implementation of WHO PEN in The Gambia. The workshop gave Bai the opportunity to actively participate in the review of these important protocols which will be adopted by all health facilities in The Gambia. It also gave him the opportunity to interact with health administrators and clinicians and have a better understanding of what might be feasible in the implementation of WHO -PEN in The Gambia within the context of the healthcare system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - attendance of MoH workshop to validate draft of the National Tobacco Control Program 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact From the 7th -9th August 2019, Bai Cham attended a three-day workshop organised by the Ministry of Health with support from the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa to validate the draft National Tobacco Control Program. This enabled him to identify gaps and potential areas of collaboration with both the Ministry of Health of The Gambia and the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - meeting with Director of Health Promotion (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A meeting with a key stakeholder to discuss the programme. Raised awareness and engagement of key stakeholders within the Ministry of Health about the TCCP project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - meeting with Director of Health Services (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A meeting with a key stakeholder to discuss the programme. Raised awareness and engagement of senior officials at the Ministry of Health about the TCCP project. Increase awareness of the project within the ministry and enhance continues collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP MRC Gambia - meeting with tobacco control focal person (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A meeting was held with key stakeholders at the Central Medical Store, MoH, to discuss the programme. The next step was to organise a meeting with the Director of Health Promotion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP Makarere - calls with members of Technical Working Group (April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Individual phone call with nominated members of the TCCP Technical working group including:
Dr. Hafsa Lukwata, MoH
Dr. Isaac Shinyekwa, EPRC
Dr. Micah Gaalya, Uganda Revenue Authority

The purpose of the communication was to provide an update on TCCP research and prime them for impending formal engagement as members of the Technical Working Group. Reaffirmation of commitment to support TCCP research once all the formalities are completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP Makarere - research fellow participant in Tobacco Control M&E planning with MoH (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Research Fellow attended the Tobacco Control Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) planning meeting organized by the Ministry of Health at Arch Apartments Hotel, in Kampala. During the meeting, participants reviewed the draft M&E plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP Makarere - research fellow participated in review of MoH handbook for Tobacco Control (Feb 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Research Fellow participated in the review of the Uganda Tobacco Control Enforcers handbook developed by the Ministry of Health. The handbook shall be a guide that shall be followed during implementation of Tobacco Control policies in Uganda's Tobacco Control Act, 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP Makerere - meeting with WHO Uganda office (May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Dr. William Onzivu and Mr. Noureiny Tcha Kondor, WHO Afro - Uganda Office. The purpose of the communication was to assess research needs that could impact policies related to the two areas (tobacco taxation and illicit trade). Plan a meeting with the team at WHO Afro to discuss potential research gaps and data needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP Research Fellow, Denis Male, presented at a workshop on Uganda's enforcement of its Tobacco Control Act 2015 - December 6, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TCCP Research Fellow, Denis Male, attended an orientation workshop on December 6th 2021 that was organised by the Ministry of Health and attended by over 30 Mbarara city and district political leaders. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and train political leaders on the enforcement of Uganda's Tobacco Control Act, 2015. Dr Male gave a presentation on Part VII/Article 5.3 on protection of public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TCCP UCT - Country PI wrote foreward in Tobacco Industry Monitoring document (Oct 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Corne wrote a Foreword to a Tobacco Industry Monitoring document that considers tobacco industry interference in SA. Members of the team were also involved in reviewing and editing the document. The report was published on 10 October 2019 under the authorship of ATIM (Pretoria) and TAG (Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Advocacy, Advisory and Action Group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP UCT - Email exchange with National Department of Health, South Africa (March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Emails were exchanged with an official at the National Department of Health South Africa in order to inform them of the work being undertaken in TCCP and request some key policy doducment from them to be used in the research. The policies were shared and the final draft paper when written will also be shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TCCP UoE - Ethiopia Ministry of Health involvement in Research Communication and Impact workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Kunuz Abdella, Ministry of Health Ethiopia, delivered a welcome speech at the TCCP Research Communication and Impact workshop. TCCP teams from Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa were present as well as a number of UK colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description TCCP Webinar - Findings from Population Surveys (December 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The webinar was hosted by the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, and chaired by Professor Linda Bauld. The aim of the webinar was to disseminate the findings and methodological challenges of several population surveys which had been conducted as part of the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TCCP Webinar on Illicit Tobacco Trade Studies (June 2022) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The webinar was hosted by the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, and chaired by Professor Linda Bauld. The webinar was titled: 'Estimating the extent of illicit tobacco trade in Bangladesh, Ghana and Pakistan: preliminary findings and methodological reflections.' Its aim was disseminate the findings from TCCP illicit trade studies to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description TCCP Webinar on Tobacco Taxation Studies (September 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The webinar was organised by the Usher Institute and chaired by Professor Corne Van Walbeek at the University of Cape Town. The main purpose of the event was to disseminate the findings from the programme's tobacco taxation studies conducted in both South Africa and India. Around 70 people attended the event which was titled: ' Estimating the impact of tobacco taxation and price measures on tobacco affordability, demand and consumption in South Africa and India'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description TCCP webinar - Article 5.3 research outputs (Feb 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A webinar hosted by the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh and chaired by Professor Jeff Collin disseminated results from the Article 5.3 research undertaken within this programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UoE SPSS - Global NCD Alliance Forum Feb 2020 (Jeff Collin chairing session on conflicts of interest in public health policy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Forum was organised under the theme of "Bridging the Gap" with a view to accelerating global efforts to translate political commitments and rhetoric into action and implementation at national and local levels. Jeff chaired a session entitled: "David versus Goliath: Strategies for managing conflict of interest and countering
industry interference in public health policy". Dr Monika Arora (TCCP co-investigator) was also a panel member.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ncdalliance.org/what-we-do/convening/global-ncda-forum-2020/programme