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The 3rd Regional Summer course"Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Global Experience and Regional Perspective" Amman, Jordan 2011

04/07/2011

 

 

The SCTS hosted the third regional summer course "Tobacco Dependence Treatment: Global Experience and Regional Perspective" over the period June 27 - 30, 2011 at Le Meridien Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

 

 

Recommendations

 

Service expansion

- Establish more TDT clinics (better coverage of all countries and all governorates/areas within countries).

- Use income from taxes and customs to provide free treatment through public clinics and subsidized treatment in the private sector.

- Promote TDT clinics and generate a 'yellow pages' tool with published contact info.

 

Infrastructure work

- Include TDT and tobacco control training as part of education in universities (KHCC could serve as a regional training provider).

- Produce regional guidelines and treatment algorithms that accommodate different patient groups. These could be generated per country, tested, and then sent to "regional hub" for consolidation.

- List TDT medication on basic drug lists, and ensure coverage through health insurance.

- Conduct situational analysis of the region (as part of a larger research effort) covering the economic burden of the tobacco use.

 

Supporting work

- Include smoking and tobacco use in all NCD communication programs.

- Modify rules so that citizens in addition to public servants can assume the role of liaison officers to monitor enforcement of smoking ban in public places (this applies specifically in Jordan).

- Ensure proper enforcement mechanisms for smoking ban.

- Ensure information on training programs and workshops is shared with all primary healthcare professionals.

- Sensitize the public and create awareness among non-smokers of their right to smoke-free-air.

- Strict implementation of FCTC.

- Raise taxes and use funds for FCTC implementation.


 

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