African Tobacco Control Research Initiative Scoping Exercise

The African Tobacco Situational Analysis (ATSA) supported by IDRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation investigated the critical determinants of success for tobacco control in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. As the initiative evolved an additional goal was added, that of identifying, implementing and enforcing one or two tobacco control policy interventions. The African Tobacco Control Research Initiative (ATCRI) was established in September 2008 in response to a growing regional movement that identified a need for regional coordination of tobacco control efforts across the continent.

This grant will allow ATCRI to assess the tobacco situation and tobacco control activities in an additional six countries (Bénin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Togo and Uganda). The specific objectives are to undertake baseline surveys, organize stakeholder meetings, identify obstacles to tobacco control, and identify opportunities for policy intervention, particularly in the form of taxation, advertising bans, smoke-free places and graphic health warnings.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

End Date

Saturday, September 18, 2010


10 months

IDRC Officer

Kennedy, Rosemarie

Total funding

CA$ 157,730


Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Togo, Uganda, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Republic of Congo


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Akinbode Oluwafemi


Incorporated Trustees of Environmental Rights Development Foundation

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