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.
 
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 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 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 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 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.
Impact No outputs as yet.
Start Year 2018
 
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 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