Situational Analysis of Tobacco Control in Kenya

The looming tobacco epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and its potential to thwart the development process has prompted most governments in the region to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Ratifying countries must develop and implement a national tobacco control action plan and report on their progress to the FCTC Conference of the Parties. However, African countries lack the necessary information and resources to track and report on their progress.

Kenya is one of 12 sub-Saharan African countries participating in the Africa Tobacco Situational Analyses (ATSA) initiative supported by IDRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ATSA aims to understand tobacco control opportunities and obstacles, and to gauge country readiness for policy interventions. ATSA teams have to date carried out baseline assessments, convened stakeholder meetings, and identified priorities. Kenya has identified enforcement of a smoke-free Nairobi as its first priority, and countering indirect advertising as its second.

This project will conduct research, build capacity, create awareness, enlist stakeholder support and advance strategies in support of these two priorities.

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Start Date

Friday, December 19, 2008

End Date

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


9 months

IDRC Officer

Drope, Ms. Jacqueline Marie

Total funding

CA$ 163,340


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Vincent Kimosop


Institute for Legislative Affairs Trust

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