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Johns Hopkins to hold S Asia Tobacco Control Leadership Program in Nov in Indonesia

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The five-day Control Leadership Program, helmed by the Johns Hopkins School of Public (JHSPH), today ended with organisers hoping that its participants would emerge as "of change" in combating the menace.

Stephen Tamplin, Associate Scientist, Institute for Global Control at the JHSPH, said about 70 participants successfully completed the program and received the certificates.

"A number of panel discussions were held over the five days, many senior officials from the Ministry, experts from WHO, and Paris-based International Union against Lung and Tuberculosis (The Union), among others interacted with the participants.

"We hope the participants, as they go back to their respective organisations, would now become of change in tobacco control," said.

The programme is part of the Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, and implemented through of the US.

The program, hosted at a resort in South Goa's Majorda village, about 30 km from here, had started on August 5. Participants included senior officials from the Ministry, Labour Ministry, Finance Ministry, besides other stakeholders.

"This was the second leadership programme conducted in The first program was held in 2012 in About a decade ago, we had started the global leadership programme, which takes place at at we move to for the Tobacco Control Leadership Program in November," told

This would be the first such leadership program to be conducted for the South Asian region as a whole, though for we already have held this program before, he said.

"The Tobacco Control Leadership Program will see participants mainly from Indonesia, and the There would be representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Timor Leste and as well. The date would be around November 5-10, he said.

in Dadra & Nagar Haveli's, Madhusudan Samal, said, the program has given me a better perspective about the mission of tobacco control.

Different departments and ministries should work in coordination and better to effectively implement the policies for tobacco control, he said.

The program also sought to strengthen skills in policy intervention development and implementation and strategic communication; and engage with and enhance collaboration and networking among a wide range of partners in the tobacco control movement, added.

Over 11 per cent of 6.4 million deaths worldwide was caused by in 2015 and 52.2 per cent of them took place in China, India, the US, and Russia, according to the estimates in the Global Burden of (GBD) study published in medical journal The Lancet, last year.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 19:10 IST