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WHO Launches New Tobacco Control Effort in Africa - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is increasing its attention to tobacco control in Africa with the overall goal of preventing tobacco use from becoming as prevalent there as it is in other parts of the world.

The focus of the programme will be on strengthening countries' ability to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the international health treaty that guides national efforts to counter the tobacco epidemic, and the establishment of a regional centre of excellence to support the development of countries' capacity to resist the spread of tobacco use.

To read the full press release visit the World Health Organization web site.

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