Tobacco Control Strategies in Mauritius

The looming tobacco epidemic and its potential for thwarting development has prompted most governments in sub-Saharan Africa to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC). Ratifying countries must adopt national action plans and report on their progress in implementing them to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

Mauritius is one of 12 sub-Saharan countries participating in the Africa Tobacco Situational Analyses (ATSA) initiative supported by IDRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

ATSA aims to gauge country readiness and capacity for action-oriented policy interventions in the immediate and longer term. Following a baseline assessment, stakeholder meeting and mapping exercise, the Mauritian team has identified the following as priorities: supporting a newly created smoking cessation initiative; evaluating the impact of text-based health warnings on cigarette packages; and supporting smoke-free public places and workplaces.

This grant will allow the team to work toward these goals.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


9 months

IDRC Officer

Gbedji, Eugene

Total funding

CA$ 185,442


Mauritius, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Mr Premduth Burhoo


Mauritius Institute of Health

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