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 2013, one WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Certificate.
A WHO Director-General Special Award went to Paul Kasereka Lughembe, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the picture with Véronique Le Clézio who received the same award in 2010.
African Region awardees went to the following:
Vision for Alternative Development (Ghana), Mr Ibrahima Kalissa (Association guinéenne de lutte contre le tabagisme, Guinea), Ms Diabate Mariam Berthe (Association de lutte contre le tabac et autres stupéfiants au Mali, Mali), Mr Mayaki Mamane (Direction de l’hygiène publique et de l’éducation pour la santé, Ministère de la santé, Niger), Mr Jean Christophe Rusatira (National University of Rwanda, Rwanda).
These six award winners will be recognized for their outstanding contribution to tobacco control in their respective countries