The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

First global action plan to tackle NCDs

The first world summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will take place in 2011, leading the global health emergency one step closer to preventing millions of unnecessary deaths every year.

NCDs include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases – of which tobacco use is the most significant risk factor.

FCA calls for UN action

To further global tobacco control the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is calling on its members to urge their governments to support a special UN session (UNGASS) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Read on to find out how.

FCTC fifth anniversary makes public health history

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC), which celebrates an important milestone in public health history.

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is pleased with the FCTC’s global impact.  Already, 168 out of 195 eligible parties have joined the treaty through ratification or accession, and more are set to join.

World Cancer Day brings message of hope

This year World Cancer Day (WCD) 2010 brings a positive message that some cancer can be prevented.

Today is WCD (4 February 2010) and it aims to promote the message that around 40 per cent of cancers are potentially preventable, and that humanity has more knowledge than ever about how to control cancer.

Focus on Kenya for Judy Wilkenfeld award

Rachel KitonyoThe Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) will award Kenyan Rachel Kitonyo with its Judy Wilkenfeld award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. The awards will take place in Washington DC on May 6.

In a country where 12,000 people die a year from tobacco related illnesses, CTFK president Matthew Myers said Kitonyo’s dedication and leadership in helping to reduce tobacco use in Kenya and throughout Africa made her a highly deserving recipient of the award.

BMJ’s Tobacco Control journal online

The latest edition of the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control is online.

Tobacco Control is an international peer review journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide. It is for public health professionals, researchers, policy makers and educators involved in tobacco control.

This issue covers: COP3; tobacco corporate social responsibility; global tobacco control; plus a variety or research papers and reports.

Find out more, visit the site.

$US 10,000 special opportunity grants

The next round of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Special Opportunity Grants is open.

The grants assist advocates in their work towards supporting the development, adoption and implementation of strong FCTC guidelines and protocols. Up to eight grants are available and each is worth $US 10,000.

To qualify, applicants must be tobacco control advocates from low to mid income countries. FCTC members’ applications will receive preference. Applications close 6 March 2009.