World No Tobacco Day 2023 awards – the winners

World No Tobacco Day 2023 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 Awards, World No Tobacco Day Awards, and in 2023, one WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Certificate.

WHO Director-General Special awards

  • Dr Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health, Timor-Leste
  • Dr Reina Roa Rodríguez, Focal Point for Tobacco Control, Ministry of Health, Panama

WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition certificate

  • His Excellency Prof Ali Mrabet, Minister of Health, Tunisia

African Region awardees

  • Dr Edwin Gorataone Dikoloti MP, Minister for Health, Botswana
  • Mr Omar Badjie, National Focal Person for Tobacco Control, Gambia
  • Ms Sprina Robi Chacha, Kenya
  • Mr Anthony Muthemba, Head of the Tobacco Control Unit of the Nairobi City County, Kenya
  • Migori County Government, Kenya
  • Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone

Region of the Americas awardees

Shared award Brazil:

  • ACT Promoção da Saúde
  • Center for Studies on Tobacco and Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Shared award Colombia and Mexico:

  • Blanca Llorente Carreño, Directora de Investigación en la Fundación Anáas, Colombia
  • Luz Reynales Shigematsu, Jefa del Departamento de Prevención y Control del Tabaquismo en el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, México

Shared award Mexico:

  • Salud Justa Mx
  • Polithink
  • Coalición México SaludHable
  • Comunicación, Diálogo y Conciencia SC – Códice
  • Refleacciona con Responsabilidad AC

Shared award Uruguay:

  • Centro de Investigación para la Epidemia del Tabaquismo – CIET
  • Sociedad Uruguaya de Tabacología -SUT

Eastern Mediterranean Region awardees

  • Dr Michel Mawad, President, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
  • Dr Mohammed Bin Saif Al-Hosni, past Chair, National Tobacco Control Committee and Undersecretary for Health Affairs (retired), Oman
  • Dr Kholoud Ateeq Al-Mutawaa, Head of Non Communicable Diseases Division, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar
  • Dr Hani Al Gouhmani, Former EMR Regional Coordinator, The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)
  • Ministry of Health and Prevention, United Arab Emirates

European Region awardees

  • Ms Suzanne Gabriels, Fondation contre le Cancer, Belgium
  • Professor Panagiotis Behrakis, Smoke Free Greece, Greece
  • Dr Jamilya Sadykova, Public fund ”Temekisiz”, National coalition ”For smoke-free Kazakhstan”, Kazakhstan
  • Dr Reinskje Talhout, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
  • National Institute of Public Health and its Anti-Tobacco Working Group, Slovenia

South-East Asia Region awardees

  • State Tobacco Control Cell (STCC), Government of Meghalaya, India
  • Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research Dharwad, India
  • Indonesian Multiculture Farmers Forum (FPMI), Indonesia
  • National Statistical Office, Thailand

Western Pacific Region awardees

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia
  • Cultural and Social Committee, National Assembly, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Senator Pia S. Cayetano, Philippines
  • Ministry of Health, Vanuatu

Shared award Fiji:

  • Ministry of Health and Medical Services
  • Fiji Revenue and Customs Service
  • Fiji Police Force

Source: WHO