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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: The SCS (young professionals and youth NGO against cancer and tobacco in Sudan) and in collaboration with the WHO has adopted a project to support the signature and ratification of the FCTC in Sudan. The project had two target groups, the first was decision makers in order to encourage them to sign and ratify the FCTC. The second was the public to inform them about the importance of FCTC.
Methods: The SCS has collaborated with local NGOs & associations, international organizations, and with the various means of local media. Methods included: letters, individual meetings with decision makers (including Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, ministers; Parliament members, and others), media campaign, workshop, huge celebration on the World No Tobacco Day 2004, publications, specialized web site, questionnaires and public education programs.
Results: Sudan signed and ratified the FCTC. Development of a national tobacco control strategy in line with the FCTC. A new anti-tobacco law in accordance with the FCTC has been issued. Formation of a national tobacco control activists committee. Increased awareness about the FCTC and tobacco hazards in general among the target groups.
Conclusions: The NGOs and as part of the society are more capable of reaching and interacting with the community and thus achieving the desirable change. Moreover, the NGOs and the youth can play a vital role in the development and adoption of national strategies.