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In response to the tobacco use burden and its impacts, the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The Centre’s mandate is to support African governments to formulate and implement evidence based tobacco control policies and strategies. This is underpinned by the fact that the tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year which equates to 13,000 people dying per day (one death every 6 seconds). Of these, more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke, majority of whom are women and children.

In response to the tobacco use burden and its impacts, the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established by the World Health

Organisation (WHO) at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

(BMGF). 

The Centre’s mandate is to support African governments to formulate and implement evidence based tobacco control policies and strategies. This

is underpinned by the fact that the tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year which equates to 13,000 people dying per

day (one death every 6 seconds). Of these, more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke, majority of whom are women and 

children.  

In Africa the prevalence of tobacco use currently is on average 16.8% for adults and 27.5% for the youth (WHO, 2015) and is estimated to increase

by nearly 39% by 2030 (Blecher et al., 2013). This situation is aggravated by aggressive marketing strategies by the Tobacco Industry mainly

targeting the youth.

Tobacco use accounts for one in six of all Non Communicable Diseases deaths (NCDs); 71% of all lung cancer deaths, 42% of all chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease, 22% of cardiovascular diseases,12% of all lower respiratory infection deaths and 7% of all tuberculosis deaths

(WHO, 2012). This demonstrates that tobacco use is more than a health problem. It exacerbates poverty with increased health expenditures for

tobacco-related diseases, and causes reductions in household productivity due to tobacco related morbidity and mortality. 

 

CTCA in collaboration with the University of Pretoria has convened 10 African governments and partners to harmonize tobacco control response

approaches and strategies across the Region. The meeting objectives will include;

1) Agreement on an engagement model to tobacco control in Africa. 

2) Proposing a standardized approach to tobacco control programming in Africa.

3) Decisions on tobacco control coordination and implementation networks in the region.

4) Formulation of a tobacco control research agenda for Africa. 

This three day (Feb 13-15, 2017) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa brings together National Tobacco Control Focal Persons from the Ministries

of Health and officials from relevant government departments drawn from CTCA’s target countries of Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gabon,

Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, South Africa and Uganda. Additionally the meeting will be attended by tobacco control partners including;

African Capacity Building Foundation ( ACBF), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), World Health Organization (WHO),The

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung disease (The UNION) and draw experts from University of Cape Town, University of

Pretoria, Cooperative University of Kenya, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University,  ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and National Council

Against Smoking (NCAS).

The CTCA Africa Tobacco Control Meeting will be held annually and is in line with the Centre’s vision of being a sustainable Centre of excellence 

for empowering African governments to implement Tobacco Control. Further to the meeting objectives, this will be a forum to share experiences,

best practices and accelerate tobacco control in the region towards the attainment of a Tobacco Free Africa, a right and duty for all.  

Prof William Bazeyo                                                                                                                         Prof. Kuku Voyi

Dean Makerere University School of public Health                                                                                          Chairperson University of Pretoria  School of Health Systems and 

Director Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa                                                                                                 Public Health.

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The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) programme has been officially launched by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye at the Serena Kampala Hotel.

In his speech, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye remarked that the Vision2040 emphasises the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation to provide relevant information for focusing programmes and plans. He noted that the contribution of the METS to HIV M & E data will in turn contribute to channeling funds. The mandate of METS is in line with the vision of the NRM and provides support to enabling government achieve its health sector objectives.

 

“One of the challenges now is to accurately know how many people are on ART; some may be registered at different service centres while others come for testing and do not initiate treatment”, he emphasised.

 

He was happy to note that as part of the work package, the METS will introduce a biometric system that will help address this challenge since now people will be easy to identify and track, irrespective of where they are receiving treatment from. He said the system will also be helpful in monitoring commodities in stores to know early the status of the stocks.

In a special way, Dr. Tumwesigye thanked the District Health Officer for their part in supporting the management of epidemics in the country, adding that many times they are working in settings of limited resources. On a happy note, he reported that the Ministry of Health has secured substantial funding for testing people in West Nile, Lango, Acholi and Karamoja regions for Hepatitis. He said more funding is expected that will enable the Ministry extend the efforts to Teso region. He further said support for HIV programming will be leveraged to respond to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

 

He posed questions related to how data is used at district level, wondering whether it is used for decision-making or shared with district councillors for policy making.

He also applauded the College of Health Sciences for the new academic programmes on board including cytotechnology, emergency medicine and biomedical engineering, among others. He requested that many more be started in oncology, nuclear physics, oncology nursing and critical care. 

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda Country Director, Dr. Steven Wiersma said that the key outcome expected out of this initiative is to ensure use of one comprehensive national functional M & E system in Uganda. He pointed out that coverage of HIV programmes has increased over the years; lack of quality national data and limited use hinders achievement of the 90 90 90 goal.

He further noted that all the work METS is doing will lead to identification of challenges and areas that need to be addressed.

In his remarks, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences Associate Professor

Charles Ibingira appreciated CDC for the support it has provided to different research initiatives in the College. He added that the mainstay of research at the College is based on funds from US agencies; the government and others. He thanked the School of Public Health for being at the forefront in building critical capacities in health-related fields, adding that key programmes have been brought on board and they are addressing critical gaps in healthcare service delivery.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) programme is a follow-on initiative to the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) project; a five year CDC-supported collaborative undertaking between Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and implemented in collaboration with MoH.

In a keynote address, Professor William Bazeyo, the Dean of the School of Public Health and Principal Investigator METS programme, reported that the META project registered numerous achievements in the areas of building capacity of over 3000 health workers in M&E, quality improvement, data management and use; evaluated HIV/AIDS programmes, supporting health facility staff with training, mentorship and coaching.

He however noted that that despite these achievements, there are several recurring gaps in M & E of HIV programmes requiring more focused and comprehensive efforts to address them.  “There is still parallel and uncoordinated HIV M&E and reporting systems at various levels; insufficient human resource capacity in M&E data management; limited availability and use of strategic information for HIV/AIDS programs; inadequate infrastructure and resources for HIV M&E data gathering and management and sub-optimal quality of HIV and AIDS programs and their respective data”, he emphasised.

He said the programme intends to achieve reinforced national, district and health facility capabilities in M&E and QI for HIV/AIDS programs (M&E); enhanced district-led HIV/AIDS programming and planning: district HIV/AIDS Strategic Plans and annual Work Plans (District-Led Programming); improved understanding of HIV disease burden, incidence, loss to follow-up, linkages and referral services along the continuum of care (Case-Based Population Surveillance) and a well-functioning strategic information system for increased evidence-based decision making in support of an AIDS-Free Generation (Health Management Information Systems). 

The five-year programme will be implemented in 48 districts of Uganda and is funded to the tune of USD 35,687,275 for the period 2015 2020.

 

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