World No Tobacco Day 2021 awards – the winners

World No Tobacco Day 2021 awards – the winners

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award and World No Tobacco Day Awards.

WHO Director-General Special award

  • Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Republic of India

 African Region awardees

  • Professor Bontle Mbongwe, Anti-Tobacco Network, Republic of Botswana
  • Ministère de la Santé et de la Solidatité Nationale, Republic of Chad
  • Ms Heran Gerba Borta, Director General, Ethiopian Food and Drug Administration, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Ms Anne Kendagor, Acting Head of the Division of Tobacco Control, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya
  • The Eye Opener Women & Youth Foundation, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Ms Crescence Mukantabana, Founder and Executive Director, Reseau de Developpement des Femmes Pauvres (RDFP), Republic of Rwanda

Region of the Americas awardees

  • Equipo interinstitucional mSalud, Republic of Costa Rica
  • Fondo Nacional de Recursos, Eastern Republic of Uruguay
  • Dr Tania Cavalcante, National Cancer Institute and Executive Secretary of the National Committee for the Implementation of the WHO FCTC, Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Ministry of Health and Wellness, Saint Lucia
  • Ministerio de Salud Pública y Bienestar Social, Republic of Paraguay
  • Cities of Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach in California, United States of America (shared award)

Eastern Mediterranean Region awardees

  • Her Royal Highness, Princess Dina Mired, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Dr Essam Elmoghazy, Chairman of Cairo Association against Smoking, Tuberculosis and Lung diseases – Egypt (CASTLE), Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Ministry of Health and Environment/ Public Health Directorate, Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention and Control Department, Tobacco Control Section, Republic of Iraq
  • Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • HMC Tobacco Control Center, WHO Collaborating Center, State of Qatar
  • Dr Ali Hammad Alzahrani, Director of Tobacco Control Program in Makkah, Consultant Family Medicine, Secretary General of Makkah Tobacco Free Committee, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

European Region awardees

  • Mr Cornel Radu-Loghin, Secretary General, European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention
  • Ministry of Health, Russian Federation
  • German Network of Tobacco Free Hospitals and Healthcare Services, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Dr Müşerref Pervin Tuba Durgut, Vice President of Health, Family, Labor and Social Affairs, Commission of the Grand National Assembly, Republic of Turkey
  • Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Kingdom of Spain

South-East Asia Region awardees

  • Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association, Republic of India
  • State Tobacco Control Cell, Uttar Pradesh, Republic of India
  • Muhammadiyah Central Board, Republic of Indonesia
  • Digital Broadcast Initiative Equal Access, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  • Dr Palitha Abeykoon, Former Chairman, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • The Nurses’ Association of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra, Kingdom of Thailand

Western Pacific Region awardees

  • Institute for Urban Indigenous Health: Deadly Choices, Australia
  • Qinhuangdao Municipal People’s Government, People’s Republic of China 
  • Mr Han Kosal, Deputy Governor, Kampong Cham Province, Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Dr Francisco T Duque III, Secretary, Department of Health and Dr Rolando Enrique D Domingo, Director General, Food and Drug Administration, Republic of the Philippines (shared award)
  • Samoa Cancer Society, Independent State of Samoa

Source: WHO