Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ACS report Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air presented in Dar es Salaam

This article from Reuters mentions the ACS report presented at the conference. Global Voices, the 2009 status report  is available on the Global Smokefree Partnership's site. Titled Rebutting the tobacco industry, Winning Smokefree Air it is summarized on e-health. Here is the official press release.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

4 cyber-questions to ACS about its strategy to promote tobacco control in Africa

1. In July the Gates Foundation chose ACS to finalize a proposal for a $7 million project (for 5 years) to promote tobacco control in Africa. Where is ACS now in the process of finalizing this grant?

2. An important element of the ACS proposal was the creation of a Consortium including several partner-organizations that would co-manage the program. Could we know more about this Consortium and how it would work?

3. ACS has opened a blog about the AORTIC conference and there is also the Global Fight Against Cancer blog.
Are blogs going to be part of the communication strategy for the Gates project?

4. The ACS proposal mentions a multilingual approach: how is this going to work? How are the French speaking, Portuguese speaking people going to be included?

Monday, November 9, 2009

ACS organizes a session about tobacco control for the media on Tuesday November 10

The session "Media Summit Event Program" will take place at the White Sands Hotel according to the ACS blog.

Day 1 (Monday Nov. 9)

• Journalist Registration and Welcome Reception (6:00 – 8:00pm)

Day 2 (Tuesday Nov. 10)

• Continental Breakfast (7:30 – 8:55am)

• Welcome Remarks – Dr. Otis Brawley, The American Cancer Society (9:00 – 9:10am)

Africa’s Emerging Tobacco Threat

• Thomas Glynn, Director, International Cancer Control, the American Cancer Society
(9:10 – 9:25am)

• Tosin Orogun, Programme Manager, African Tobacco Control Regional Initiative (ATCRI)
(9:25 – 9:40am)

• Sverre Berg Lutnæs, Senior Adviser, International Affairs, Norwegian Cancer Society
(9:40 – 9:55am)

BREAK (9:55 – 10:10am)

• Evan Blecher, Researcher, American Cancer Society (10:10– 10:30am)

• Lutgard Kagaruki, Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum, (10:30 - 10:50am)

Q & A: Moderator Olayinka Oyegbile, Senior Health Reporter, Nigeria (10:50 am – 11:15am)

Tobacco Myths (11:15 – 12:00 noon)

• Facilitators: Tosin Orogun, Tom Glynn

LUNCH (12:00 – 1:15pm)

Tobacco Control in Africa: The time is Now

The AORTIC conference will include one session about tobacco control (on November 12).

Tobacco Control in Africa – The Time is Now

  Chairs:   Robert Machangu, Tanzania Public Health Association, Lanre Onibogi, Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative

9:00 – 9:10   The Burden of Death and Disease from Tobacco Use
Thomas Glynn, American Cancer Society

9:10 – 9:25  Tobacco Control in Africa: What Works

Yussuf Saloojee, National Council Against Smoking

9:25 – 9:45 The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: By Africa, With Africa, For Africa
Patricia Lambert, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
9:45 – 10:30  Panel: Spotlight on Tobacco Control Issues of Vital Importance to Africa
            Smuggling: Supporting War in the DRC
            Patrick Musavuli, Lutte Contre le Tabagisme en Afrique
            Tobacco Farming: The Poverty Trap
            Lutgard Kagaruki, Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum
            Smokeless Tobacco Use
            Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf, University of Pretoria, South Africa
            Tobacco Industry Targeting in Africa
            Rachel Kitonyo, Institute for Legislative Affairs-Kenya
10:30 – 11:00  Panel and Audience Questions and Answers/Discussion

AORTIC = African Organisation for Research & Training In Cancer

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