The WHO Country Representative/Uganda, Dr. Joaquim Saweka visited the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) offices to familiarise himself with the Centre before its official launch on November 1st. He congratulated Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health (MakSPH) for winning the highly competitive bid to host the African Centre.Ôö¼├í He urged the Centre staff to start show casing results, create awareness about the Centre and ensure that the Centre benefits all the African countries. The WR pledged WHO├ö├ç├ûs commitment to supporting the Centre to ensure that it lives up to its expectations.
The Makerere University Secretary, David Kahundha Muhwezi assured the WR that the MakCHS MakSPH was thrilled to host the Centre adding that the College will do everything possible to ensure that the Centre performs above its expectations, and that it can have a positive impact on the health of the African people.Ôö¼├í He stressed the need for the Centre to work with Universities in Africa to carry out research particularly with regard to alternative livelihood.
The Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Professor Ssewankambo said the School will fully utilize the Centre and even encourage students to undertake tobacco control for their research. He said the College strongly supports collaboration, adding that the Centre is just on e of the many collaborations with the College. He assured the WR that the funds will be well managed, adding that the College looks forward to having many more collaborations with WHO.
The Centre Director, Dr. Possy Mugyenyi and the Dean School of Public Health, Assoc. Prof. William Bazeyo reiterated the commitment of the Centre staff to ensuring that it delivers as a Centre of Excellence for Tobacco Control resources in Africa.
The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa is hosted by the College of Health Sciences School of Public Health with the ultimate goal serving governments and partners in the whole of Africa to develop viable tobacco control policies and strategies to reduce tobacc-related burden of disease.