Outcome 1: National laws or policies compliant with the FCTC have been adopted in 9 countries
ATCA actively promoted the development and implementation of FCTC-compliant legislation and policies in the ATCC target countries. ATCA, through its country partners, provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in different countries in the drafting of the tobacco control bill. Workshops and other advocacy forums were organized for key ministries and other policy influencers. These capacity-building initiatives were instrumental either in the adoption of the bill or moving the draft bill towards future adoption.
FCTC-compliant legislations were adopted in three countries, namely, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Senegal. These countries are now awaiting the adoption of the implementing decrees. Three other countries have their draft legislations in an advanced stage; these are Benin, Botswana and Uganda*. Three countries – Sierra Leone, Gambia and Cameroon – have draft legislations that still have to go through the process of validation and adoption.
Seven countries increased taxes on tobacco: Benin, Botswana, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda
Seven countries set up Tobacco Industry Monitoring Teams (TIM Teams) to monitor, expose and denounce the tactics and interventions of the tobacco industry in tobacco control policies. These countries are Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Further details on ATCA’s interventions with regards to laws and policies are available below.
*Uganda adopted the Tobacco Control Act in 2015.
THE NAIROBI DECLARATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WHO FCTC IN THE WHO AFRICAN REGION (2015).
The Declaration requests African Member States:
To develop, strengthen and enforce comprehensive tobacco control policies, legislation and regulations that fully incorporate the obligations of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines.