International Tobacco Control Experts Finalize WHO African Regional Training Manual for Tobacco Control Enforcement and Compliance

A dozen of experts in Tobacco Control from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters, Regional Office, South Africa, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda and Liberia will join Tobacco Control focal points in Seychelles for a 3 day workshop to finalise a Tobacco Enforcement and training manual for the WHO African Region (WHO AFRO) from the 17th to 19th April 2018, at the Coral Strand Hotel, Beau Vallon.

WHO AFRO has developed in recent years a Guide on Enforcement and Compliance to assist Member States to implement appropriate enforcement and compliance strategies for tobacco control legislation. Going forward, WHO AFRO is now hosting in the Seychelles this workshop to develop key training materials to build individual country’s compliance and enforcement capacity. The training materials will include a training Modules and job-aids for monitoring compliance to be used by government authorities in the WHO AFRO.

Seychelles has been selected as the venue for the Regional WHO workshop as it has comprehensive tobacco control laws that are in the process of being enforced, serving as best practices and learning environment for other countries. In the past, the country has also contributed to the development of the Guide on Enforcement and Compliance.

It is expected that at the end of the workshop, participants from the 5 countries would have documented public health enforcement and compliance relevance for tobacco control as well as developed capacity building modules on enforcement and compliance legislation to be adopted formally later in the year by WHO AFRO.