Tobacco Free School Environment Initiative (Eritrea)

The looming tobacco epidemic and its potential for thwarting the development process, 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 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 information needed to enable them to track and report on their progress. Eritrea 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 action. Eritrea has identified tobacco-free schools as its first priority.

This project will provide policymakers with the necessary evidence-based recommendations to support and enforce a tobacco-free schools policy by the year 2012.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


9 months

IDRC Officer

Kennedy, Rosemarie

Total funding

CA$ 153,900


Eritrea, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Dr. Zemenfes Tsighe


University of Asmara

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