ATCA is a non-profitnon-politicalPan-African network of more than 120 civil society organizations

About Us

ATCA is a non-profit, non-political Pan-African network of more than 120 civil society organizations, with its headquarters in Lome, Togo.

Established in 2008, ATCA is the only African civil society network created by Africans and for Africans dedicated to preventing an epidemic of tobacco use on the African continent and its detrimental impact on the health and well-being of Africans

The Vision: The vision of ATCA is to promote health by building a tobacco-free Africa.

The Mission: The mission of ATCA is to promote the development and implementation of international, regional and national legal instruments, policies on tobacco control within the African region.

The Objective: The objectives of the Alliance are:
To promote and facilitate information sharing on tobacco control in Africa;
To conduct research on the tobacco epidemic and tobacco control policies in Africa;
To strengthen the capacities of individuals and civil society organizations involved in tobacco control in Africa;
To promote and advocate for regional and national legislative and regulatory frameworks favorable for tobacco control in Africa; and
To mobilize and facilitate access to financial, human and technical resources required for tobacco control in Africa.

Our Work:

We work to promote the development and implementation of international, regional and national legal instruments and policies on tobacco control within the African region.

The full tobacco harm cycle exists in Africa. Tobacco is grown, manufactured, packaged and labelled, heavily marketed and easy to purchase.

Tobacco products are also poorly taxed, easily accessed even by the youth, widely used and the by-products poorly disposed. The policies that could contribute to effective TC are either non-existent or where present, are either weak or poorly implemented.

Africa therefore urgently needs policies that are FCTC-compliant and civil society can and must play a more robust role in delivering these policies.

A Continent of Possibilities: ATCA believes it is possible to:

  • Promote the NCDs and tobacco control agenda by targeting regional bodies.
  • Integrate Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and tobacco control into development and health agendas, and allocate appropriate funds from the national budget to tobacco control.
  • Adopt both at a country level and regional level, tax policies that are consistent with the FCTC Article 6 guidelines.
  • Adopt at least 50% pictorial health warnings in cigarette packages in all African countries.
  • Adopt 100% smoke-free environments in Africa.
  • Adopt comprehensive FCTC-compliant laws and policies across Africa.

Our Activities:

We support our partners at country and regional levels to adopt tobacco control legislations and policies by:

  • Monitoring the tobacco industry;
  • Conducting research and publishing the findings to support policy change; and
  • Publishing independent information on tobacco use and its impact for governments and decision-makers, researchers, media, concerned citizens and other interested groups.

We conduct tobacco taxation campaigns (increasing tobacco tax and policy change).

We provide technical assistance to our members and Governments through MoH.

We provide leadership programmes on tobacco control.

We assist our members on alliance-building and networking.

We do media campaigns.

ATCA is Making a Difference:

Through its activities, ATCA is creating a meaningful impact on the tobacco control landscape in Africa. Amongst others, we have been able to achieve the following:

Provision of funding and support for legislation and policy campaigns in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

Training of more than 210 journalists, 150 tobacco control campaigners, 150 Members of Parliament, on the WHO FCTC and tobacco control.

Creation of 7 tobacco control networks in seven sub-Saharan African countries.

Provision of grants to NGOs, Ministries of Health and regional blocks to implement the FCTC at country and regional level.

Support for the drafting of NCDs action plans in 4 countries.

Publication of about 500 articles in newspapers.

Support of media campaigns in countries like Botswana and Senegal.

Support of tax increase in Togo, Benin, and Niger, a tobacco levy in Botswana, etc.

Support of the placing of NCDs and tobacco control high on the agenda of policy-makers in the WAEMU region.

Structure & Board:

The General Assembly may discuss any topic and make recommendations to the Board of ATCA and other bodies of ATCA.

The Board of Directors

It serves as the governing body of ATCA. It has eleven members, seven of which are elected democratically every two years, one
from each of ATCA’s sub-regions in Africa. Four members are appointed as advisors by the Board. The Chairperson of ATCA
is the principal officer of the Board. He/she works closely with the ATCA Executive Secretary and all ATCA Board members to
ensure the effectiveness of ATCA and enhance its capacity. Click here to learn more on the Board. (On clicking, the reader goes
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