The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Data is a key ingredient for more effective tobacco control

FCA and partners have developed a set of suggestions for an upcoming global summit on improving data, and its uses, for health.

The goal of the summit, Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health: A Common Agenda for the Post-2015 Era is to create an agreed path to improve and sustain countries’ measurement and accountability for health starting in 2015.

In September, world leaders are expected to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals as the blueprint for global sustainable development. The MDGs were in place from 2000 to 2015 while the SDGs will run from 2015 to 2030.

Common roadmap

Summit organisers also plan to identify innovative approaches and strategic investments that can strengthen the availability of health data, and agree on a common roadmap for health measurement and accountability in the context of the post-2015 agenda.

The position developed by FCA and colleagues emphasizes the importance of collecting data on: 1) tobacco use prevalence, 2) tobacco control policies, and 3) tobacco industry interference and marketing. It also suggests using existing mechanisms established via the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to ensure compatibility across countries in order to compare data. Read the full submission here.

The summit is organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and WHO, and will be held at World Bank Headquarters 9-11 June.

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