The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Member profiles

Syed Mahbubul Alam - WBB Programme manager

Head shot of Syed Mahbubul AlamSyed Mahbubul Alam’s career in tobacco control began when a transnational tobacco company sailed its yacht into Bangladesh in the hopes of finding new cigarette addicts.

British American Tobacco (BAT) owned the yacht, and had named it after one of its cigarette brands, the John Player Gold Leaf. In 1991, the yacht set sail on a “Voyage of Discovery” from London to 17 countries in 170 days, with the final destination being Chittagong - a port city in Bangladesh.

The voyage was a thinly veiled attempt by BAT to attract new smokers in targeted countries. As advertising for the voyage began to appear on billboards, in newspapers and at tobacco sales counters in these countries, civil liberties groups united in their outrage and began to plan ways to protest the voyage.

Dr Patrick Musavuli – FCA AFRO regional coordinator

Updated 26/6/2016 - Dr Patrick Musavuli is no longer an FCA regional coordinator.

If all African countries are to kick the tobacco epidemic they must ratify and implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), says Dr Patrick Musavuli – the Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) newly appointed regional coordinator (RC) for the WHO Africa Region (AFRO).

As of June 1 Patrick began his new FCA appointment and is already immersed in his job, which involves coordinating FCA's campaign activities in the African region, and playing an integral role in the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC).

Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki - Executive Director of Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum

Since its inception five years ago, the Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum (TTCF) has been vital in Tanzania’s fight against tobacco consumption.

TTCF executive director  Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki says the organization played a significant role during the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) ratification process in Tanzania during 2007 by re-educating MPs about tobacco not being vital for the country’s economy.

Issah Ali – Executive Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) -Ghana

Issah updated pic150pxUpdated: 12/11/2013

Effective tobacco control in Ghana is crucial for the country to drastically reduce death and disease associated with tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke, says Issah Ali, Executive Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD).

Ali says that effective tobacco control in his country depends on proper implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Tobacco Control Measures of The Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851).

Ebeh Adayade Kodjo, executive director of Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-Togo)

(Updated 23/9/2013)

Tobacco is a serious cause of death in West Africa’s Togo, and if nothing is done about this by 2030 it will kill more than 20 per cent of the country’s population, says executive director of  Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-Togo) Ebeh Adayade Kodjo.

“The current situation is alarming,” he says. “We would like to invite donors to support us to change the situation, change lives and promote the sustainable development of Togo.”