An Overview of the Achievements of ATCA
In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a grant to carry out the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC) project which comprised five partners, including ATCA. ATCC was a five-year project aimed at promoting evidence-based tobacco control in sub-Saharan Africa in order to prevent an epidemic of tobacco-related death and disease in the region. The grant was administered by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and ATCA was the key partner in implementing the project among civil society using its Pan-African network of NGOs. This report provides an overview of the achievements of ATCA in the context of the ATCC project.
Briefly, with the support of American Cancer Society (ACS) and its country partners, ATCA achieved the following outcomes:
- National laws or policies compliant with the FCTC were adopted in 9 countries;
- Taxes on tobacco were increased in seven countries;
- Tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control laws and policies were monitored and countered in 10 countries;
- CSOs capacity was built and strengthened to carry out advocacy in tobacco control; and
- Institutional capacity of ATCA was strengthened to manage tobacco control programmes and funds.
Details of these outcomes are provided below.