April 6, 2023 |2:00 PM GMT

On April 7, 2023, the world celebrates World Health Day. This year’s celebration coincides with the 75th anniversary of the creation of the World Health Organization (WHO). For this jubilee year, the theme for this World Health Day is Health for all.
This celebration for the world health body is an opportunity to take stock of public health, the advances that have helped improve the quality of life of populations over the past seven decades. It is also an opportunity to call for action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow.

As part of this celebration, ATCA plans to organize a webinar that will focus on the tobacco epidemic and the impact of tobacco use on health. This webinar will highlight how the tobacco industry is interfering to undermine policies that protect people’s health. It will give voice to youth advocates on what they are doing in terms of advocacy to end this global menace that is destroying our continent and the world.

Le 7 avril 2023, le monde entier célèbre la Journée mondiale de la santé. La célébration de cette année coïncide avec le 75e anniversaire de la création de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Pour cette année jubilaire, le thème de la Journée mondiale de la santé est la santé pour tous.

Cette célébration de de l’instance mondiale de la santé est l’occasion de faire le point sur la santé publique, sur les avancées qui ont permis d’améliorer la qualité de vie des populations au cours des sept dernières décennies.  C’est aussi l’occasion d’appeler à l’action pour relever les défis sanitaires d’aujourd’hui et de demain.

Dans le cadre de cette célébration, l’ACTA prévoit d’organiser un webinaire consacré à l’épidémie de tabagisme et à l’impact de la consommation de tabac sur la santé. Ce webinaire mettra en lumière la manière dont l’industrie du tabac s’ingère dans les politiques qui protègent la santé des populations. Il permettra aux jeunes défenseurs de s’exprimer sur les activités qu’ils mènent en termes de plaidoyer pour mettre fin à cette menace mondiale qui détruit notre continent et le monde.

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Dr. Catherine Egbe/ Panelist

Dr. Catherine Egbe obtained a PhD in Psychology and Health Promotion from the University of KwaZulu-Natal , Durban South Africa. She completed two postdoctoral research fellowships, the first at UKZN and the second at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco, a World Health Organization collaborating Center for tobacco control. Dr Egbe is a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. She is currently the Lead Investigator of the following on-going studies: South Africa’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2021, tobacco endgame in Africa, and university students’ exposure to e-cigarette and hookah marketing and advertisement as well as the Tobacco Endgame in Africa project. She has authored over 50 academic publications including over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Arti Singh is a public health physician and a faculty member with the School of Public Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She has extensive experience in tobacco control research including smoke-free policies, illicit tobacco trade and tobacco taxes in Ghana. She has also led the generation of the African Regional Tobacco Industry Interference Index for 2021 and 2022.

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Dr. Arti Singh/ Panelist


Sanele Zulu/ Panelist

Sanele Zulu is the Chairperson of the Green Youth Network and Convenor of the Network’s daughter organization, the South African Tobacco-Free Youth Forum (SATFYF). He is also former participant of Youth Parliament, and Youth Mentor, trainer, and youth business advisor with a passion for skills development and career guidance. His passion for tobacco control was sparked through work he led, convened, and mobilized in the green sector where he created the South African Tobacco-Free Youth Forum. The Forum exists to mobilize fearless and passionate youth to raise their voices against the vicious tactics of the Tobacco industry and build support for South Africa’s Tobacco Control Bill as it advances up the legislative ladder.

Neurologist committed to public health with a vision in community health and a particular focus on the promotion, prevention and management of non-communicable diseases in general and stroke in particular. This commitment has enabled him to be appointed Coordinator of the National Tobacco Control Program of the Ministry of Health of Togo from 2011 to 2021, third Vice President of the COP 7 and COP 8 Bureaux. Vincent Vinyo K. KUMAKO, Associate Professor of Neurology, has led and participated in several thematic working groups within the Ministry of Health of Togo and in the development of various regulatory texts of tobacco control in Africa and the world since 2011. His commitment to tobacco control in Togo, Africa and internationally has been rewarded by the World No Tobacco Day award that he obtained in May 2020.

Vinyo K. KUMAKO/ Panelist