State University of Bangladesh was proudly represented by Prof. Dr. NawziaYasmin, Professor and Head, Department of Public Health, at the “Tobacco Control Leadership Program” held on 28 July- 2 August, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh organized by Johns Hopkins University, USA. She expressed her gratitude to BCCP for initiating the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Leadership Program. She felt that one important strength of the project is the involvement of people from many different types of backgrounds. She then pledged the full support of SUB to assure its continuing success.
Among the other honored guests were Mr. Habibur Rahman Khan, Additional Secretary, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Mr. Md. Khairul Alam Sheikh, Coordinator, NTCC; Dr. Eigil Sorensen, Chief of Field Office, WHO Cox’s Bazar; and, Mr. Steve Tamplin, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)
As part of the Bloomberg Initiative (BI) to Reduce Tobacco Use, the regional Tobacco Control Leadership Program aims to develop and enhance leadership in countries experiencing the greatest burden of disease and death from tobacco use by building capacity to develop, implement and enforce effective tobacco control policy interventions.In this context, region- and country-specific tobacco control leadership programs allow for more emphasis on locally relevant tobacco control policy issues, as well as other relevant public health policy issues. Across Bangladesh, good progress has been at the national and local levels in tobacco control policy development and implementation. Despite the presence of national legislation, there are on-going concerns related to weak enforcement; the economics of tobacco control; and, tobacco industry efforts aimed at circumventing the law (e.g., ongoing litigation with regard to graphic health warnings).
The Bangladesh Leadership Program sessions emphasized leadership principles in relation to a range of tobacco control related topics, structured around the components of the World Health Organization’s MPOWER package of measures to reduce the demand for tobacco. The Program was concluded by a faculty comprised of national and international faculty with expertise in tobacco control leadership, policy development and implementation, tobacco control economics, networking, communications, research, advocacy and surveillance.