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Year(s) :  2007, 2008, 2009
Grant Recipient Type :  NGO / Nonprofit
Budget :  $443,068
Contact Name :  Bill Bellew, The Union
Grantor :  International Union Against Tobacco and Lung Disease (The Union)/WLF
Project goal :  To advance the tobacco control agenda in India with partners nationwide (through the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control).
Direct Grant :  No

The Union

Key achievement to date: Rules on smoke-free public places and indoor work places announced through the Gazette of India on May 30, 2008. Health warnings enforced November 2008.

Objective: This grant supports MPOWER letter goals including P and E, to Protect people from tobacco smoke, and to Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Major accomplishments to date:

  • Advocacy undertaken targeting policy makers and the general public for effective enforcement of the provisions of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, 2003, particularly related to package warnings.
  • Collective advocacy plan developed; policy-relevant research tools finalized.
  • Capacity built among state-level law enforcement officials and NGO personnel to undertake effective tobacco control awareness and advocacy campaigns; advocacy cards developed to support the campaigns (effective implementation of pictorial health warnings and uniform tobacco taxation regime).
  • Research, legal, and technical support provided to MOHFW to strengthen provisions of the Indian Tobacco Control Act related to international guidelines
  • Drafted rules on smoke-free public places and indoor work places and submitted to MOHFW for finalization and approval; rules announced and enforceable.
  • Conceptualized and developed all India model for National Regulatory Authority based on international best practices.
  • Developed guidelines for government-NGO partnership under the National Tobacco Control Program.
  • Contributed technical and financial advice for MOHFW's School Health Promotion Program.
  • Provided legal support to all AFTC members pursuing tobacco control litigations and legal advocacy.
  • Provided petition inputs to Lawyers' Collective and VHAI; Prepared legal documents and undertook legal research.
  • Network expanded by 28 new members, taking total membership to 51 in 23 states.
  • Development of contacts facilitated with state level law enforcement officials and NGO personnel.
  • Contacts initiated with Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association and Confederation of Indian Industries.
  • Capacity building workshop conducted in collaboration with MOHFW and WHO; 35 NGOs from 23 states represented.
  • National Sensitization Workshop for law enforcement officials for effective enforcement of the Indian Tobacco Control Act of 2003 hosted for 37 officials from health departments in 18 states and 10 police officials from nine states.
  • Alliance partners involved in planning and organizing NGO workshop and other awareness and advocacy campaigns.
  • NGO resource manual entitled, "Tobacco Control in India: A Resource Manual for NGO Personnel," developed collaboratively.
  • National workshop for NGOs held with session on government-NGO partnership; follow up workshops held in five states.
  • AFTC initiated collaboration with the Government of Delhi for the smoke-free Delhi project.
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