Cigarettes smuggled despite a "wall' between Zimbabwe and South Africa. From Le Monde. By Mathilde Boussion. Merci Mathilde for this reporting.
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  1. In French: how prohibition does not work, except to promote smuggling.
  2. Youth Bridge and ending smoking in Liberia?
  3. Coronavirus drives Malawi tobacco farmers to the brink
  4. World No Tobacco Day 2020 Awards Winners in Africa
  5. What about African children working in tobacco fields?
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In French: how prohibition does not work, except to promote smuggling.

Cigarettes smuggled despite a "wall' between Zimbabwe and South Africa. From Le Monde. By Mathilde Boussion. Merci Mathilde for this reporting.

    

Youth Bridge and ending smoking in Liberia?

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World has awarded two grants to Youth Bridge Inc, a group based in Liberia (I copied the description of the projects below). The Foundation does not directly provide the budget awarded but one can find the details by looking into the 990 forms. Here is what I found:
5/31/18: In depth assessment on the culture of smoking in Liberia: $55,458
10/26/18: bridge grant $10,500
1/2/19: report so a budget of $65,958 for this project.
12/12/18: Framing practical solutions to ending smoking in Liberia: $85,575
no report yet according to A10 page 42
Other references to the Youthhbridge project:
A15 page 53 in depth assessment $86,902
A16 page 57: to be paid: Framing practical solutions $64,181. Does that mean part of the grant has already been paid? is any report available?

According to his Facebook page, the founder of Youth Bridge, Robert Gboluma studied project management at the University of Catania. A bit more information from Youth Bridge website. but no details about what has been achieved in the two projects funded by FSFW. We'll try to learn more by contacting FSFW and Youth Bridge. Stay tuned.

Country profile for Liberia by WHO in 2019 (PDF)

Liberia Wikipedia

Robert's Linkedin account indicates that "Youth Bridge Inc. was established in 2016 as a legal non-profit advocacy organization operating in Liberia. The organization focuses on Evidence-Based Action-Research, Education and Policy advocacy. Youth Bridge has over the past years implemented huge projects with funding from international and national organizations in promoting policy advocacy, action research, and education. Results from Youth Bridge’s research works fuel the development of evidence-based policy engagements and social empowerment activities. We currently operates in Montserrado, Lofa, Bomi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Grand Cape Mount counties .

PROJECT TITLE for Youthbridge Inc

Project 1: Practical solutions to end smoking in Liberia.

Project 2: In-depth assessment of the culture of smoking in Liberia.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Project 1: Assess the attitude of smokers regarding switching from combustible cigarettes to reduced risk products; identify smoking cessation services in post-conflict Liberia; and detail mechanisms put in place by the government to regulate smoking cessation activities.

Project 2: Identify factors leading to the high prevalence of smoking in Liberia, with attention to cultural, financial, and demographic determinants of switching; assess the impact of switching on health, behavior, and finances; and describe best practices for smoking cessation or switching to reduced risk products.

    

Coronavirus drives Malawi tobacco farmers to the brink

By Jack McBrams for AFP.

    

World No Tobacco Day 2020 Awards Winners in Africa

As announced on WHO's website:

African Region awardees

  • Mr Wondu Bekele Woldemariam, Executive Director, Mathiwos Wondu Cancer Society, Ethiopia
  • Ms Rachel Kitonyo Devotsu, Regional Coordinator for Africa, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Kenya
  • Mr Aboubacar Hamidou, Secrétaire administratif, Réseau de Lutte contre le Tabac et autres Stupéfiants (RELUTAS), Mali
  • Mr Deowan Mohee, NGO VISA, Mauritius;
  • Pr Kumako Vinyo Kodzo, Chef du programme national de lutte contre le tabac, Ministère de la santé et de l’hygiène publique, Togo
  • Ms Robinah Kaitiritimba, Executive Director, Uganda National Health Users’/Consumers’ Organization, Uganda
    

What about African children working in tobacco fields?

Child LaborWNTD 2020 is centered exclusively on the risks posed to children by smoking tobacco and how the tobacco industry targets them as future customers. But what about the children the tobacco industry exploits at the very beginning of the process, in the tobacco fields? Once more they are completely ignored :(

Here is a 2019 dossier published in the magazine Geographical about Child Labour and the tobacco industry. Also this article in The Guardian by Sara Boseley in 2018 ("supported" by Vital Strategies) or this 2014 article. On November 1, 2019 the US suspended its imports from Malawi.
Plus a lawsuit filed against BAT here and as told in The Guardian. Even more recent, this article about 'Shifting from tobacco growing to alternatives in Malawi?".

 

    

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