Tobacco Control Research Scholarships in Africa
Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for the rapidly growing non-communicable disease (NCD) burden in low- and middle-income countries. The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), based at Makerere University in Uganda, serves as a regional centre, providing tools and evidence to support tobacco control policies and programs in Africa. Locally generated data is critical to addressing the barriers to adopting effective evidence-based strategies. This project aims to enhance local research skills and knowledge to ensure that evidence is generated locally. The funding will provide scholarships to master's students in schools of public health, economics, agriculture, environment, and other disciplines related to tobacco control. Five annual research scholarships will be offered at six universities over a period of three years: - Makerere University (Uganda) - Muhimbili University (Tanzania) - Moi University (Kenya) - University of Nairobi (Kenya) - National University of Rwanda - Jimma University College of Medicine and Public Health (Ethiopia) The universities are part of the Health Alliance, an alliance of public health schools that fosters long-term partnerships within public health schools in the region. The CTCA and Makerere University will manage the scholarship program and share the knowledge that the students' projects generate. The overall goal of this project is to provide African governments with locally produced evidence that informs tobacco control policy and legislation.