Democratic Republic of the Congo: strengthening multisectoral coordination in tobacco control


On 24 November 2015, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced its commitment to strengthen multisectoral coordination to implement the WHO FCTC. Following a needs assessment exercise that has been jointly implemented by the Convention Secretariat and the various stakeholders in DRC in August 2015, and responding to one of the recommendations of the needs assessment report that resulted, efforts are now put in place to strengthen multisectoral coordination and action. A series of workshops are now conducted to launch a multisectoral coordinating mechanism for the implementation of the WHO FCTC and to finalize a national strategic plan.

The DRC has already made some progress in implementation of the Convention, but challenges still remain; these include the absence of a tobacco control law and an increasing market for illicit tobacco products. Greater coordination and joint action across sectors will help DRCs current situation and further accelerate the implementation of the WHO FCTC.

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