Latin America & Caribbean Tobacco Control Leadership Program, 4-10 December, 2016 – Santiago Chile
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) held the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Tobacco Control Leadership Program from 4-10 December in Santiago, Chile. The Leadership Program was a one-week, in-depth program focused on building capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy and interventions. It was developed in collaboration with the University Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago; the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Americas (WHO-PAHO); the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Barbara McGaw, John Hopkins Leadership Programme Alumni and Tobacco control Adviser for JCTC and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, was invited to be part of the faculty for this Program. Mrs McGaw was asked to participate in two panel discussions:
- Current Challenges in Tobacco Control in Latin America and the Caribbean – Lessons Learned about what works and what we need to do differently
- Emerging Issues and Countering Tobacco Industry Efforts to Impede Tobacco Control – Globally and in Latin America and the Caribbean
The overall learning objectives for the sessions were intended to enable the participants to:
- Identify the current challenges faced in sustaining progress in tobacco control.
- Utilize lessons learned in overcoming challenges to tobacco control at all levels and across programs and organizations to inform future tobacco control work.
- Articulate the relevance of electronic cigarettes and other emerging issues to tobacco control in the participating countries.
- Describe the mechanisms and extent of industry influence in opposing tobacco control and highlight strategies for countering industry interference.
- Delineate the major FCTC-5.3 compliance issues in the participating country.
There were be approximately 70 participants attending the Program representing 22 countries. There were three Caribbean participants, Natasha Lloyd Felix, Director, Bureau of Health Education, MOH, St Lucia, Kesaundra Alves from Guyana and myself. The participants were moderately to highly experienced and well-qualified in relation to tobacco control, therefore, the workshop was a community of learning.
Kesaundra Alves, Consultant to the MOH Guyana also presented on a panel entitled “Best Examples in Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the Latin America and the Caribbean”
See the Leadership Program agenda here.