This recent portrait of leading advocate Lutgard Kagaruki in the Tanzania Daily News raises the question of the future of local tobacco control advocacy when their international funding disappears (in this case funding from the Bloomberg Initiative). The article provides no answer.
Lutgard delivers a very interesting speech (Google Doc) focusing on the fate of tobacco farmers and how they can develop alternative crops along with a detailed analysis of the tobacco industry strategy.
Lutgard is Executive Secretary of the Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum. Here is how she tells the story: The WHO WNTD 2010 Award was presented to me yesterday 29th September 2010. It was a very colourful ceremony with more than 250 health experts, development partners and other government officials who had gathered for the Joint Annual Health Sector Review Main Meeting. Family and TTCF members also attended. The Health Minister presented the award after a brief introduction from the WHO country rep.
Our friend Lutgard sent us this message: yesterday, 2nd September 2010 was a successful day for tobacco control advocates in Tanzania as Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) finally hosted the long awaited Multisectoral Technical Working Group (MTWG) on control of tobacco use in Tanzania.
This project was funded (CAD 42.2300) on September 25 2009, for one year. The goal is to demonstrate that increased taxation will reduce consumption without reducing tax revenues, in fact increasing tax revenues. Contact: Evan Blecher, a South African economist now with the American Cancer Society.
The Non-Governmental Organisations of Tanzania and tobacco control
advocates congratulate the Tanzania Government for enacting the Tobacco
Products (Regulation) Act, 2003 (TPRA, 2003) and, for ratifying the
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
However, we are
concerned about the lack of enforcement of TPRA (2003) in particular
Part VI, Section 26 and, lack of observance of Article 13 of the FCTC,
both of which prohibit tobacco promotion and advertisement.
upsurge of cigarette advertisement in Tanzania is a cause of great
Thank you to Véronique Le Clézio for the pictures.
Ils ont concerné (de 2007 à début 2009) 4 pays anglophones: le Nigéria, le Kenya, la Tanzanie, la Zambie et 3 pays francophones: le Burkina Faso, le Niger et le Tchad.
En 2009, deux projets au Kenya ont reçu globalement $361.750 En 2008 deux projets au Burkina Faso ont globalement reçu $192.452, un projet au Tchad $64,125, tandis que la coalition de Tanzanie a reçu $310,062 et l'Association des consommateurs en Zambie $88,770 (total pour 2008: 566.649) En 2007, SOS Tabagisme Niger a reçu $94,900 et un projet au Nigeria $627,690 (total pour 2007: 722.590)
Thank you Lutgard for taking the time to be with us. May I ask you to introduce yourself by telling us a little
about your personal background (education, professional experience) and
when, how and why you got involved in tobacco control? Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki:My name is Lutgard Kolulinda Kagaruki. I hold a MSc & Postgraduate Diploma in Medical and
Veterinary Parasitology. I am Principal Livestock Research Officer at the Animal
Diseases Research Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.