KHCC Advancing Tobacco Control
The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) is working to advance tobacco control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Recent efforts include:
Expand Availability of TDT Services in the EMR
5-6 May 2015
KHCC hosted the kick-off meeting for a regional project aiming to build in-country tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) training programs across five countries in the EMR. The project comes at a time when need in the EMR for TDT services is dire, while availability is limited. The project builds on evidence indicating that lack of skills and training is one of the key barriers preventing healthcare providers from assisting smokers to quit, and that training plays a pivotal role in building competence and confidence, and consequently changing practice and population health.
The project engages Sultan Qaboos University (College of Medicine and Health Sciences) from Oman, Ain Shams University (Institute of Psychiatry) from Egypt, Ministry of Health (Primary Healthcare Directorate) from Tunisia, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Faculty of Medicine, Hospitalier Universitaire Hassan II) from Morocco, and KHCC (Cancer Control Office) from Jordan.
TDT Workshop in Kuwait
26-28 April 2015
As the regional host for Global Bridges in the Eastern Mediterranean, KHCC held a workshop recently for healthcare workers in Kuwait. The workshop, held in collaboration with the national program for tobacco control at the Ministry of Health, sought to advance tobacco control efforts through building the capacity of healthcare workers to provide help to smokers and users of tobacco in general.
Over three days the workshop addressed the harms of tobacco use, its association with non-communicable diseases, the counseling and motivational interviewing, the use of pharmacotherapy, and drafting an individualized plan and other topics related to TDT.
The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan is the Eastern Mediterranean Region partner with Global Bridges. KHCC is a dedicated medical center focusing on providing state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer care in Jordan and the Middle East. Dr. Feras Hawari is the Director of the Cancer Control Office at KHCC and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Service.
KHCC has been a strong advocate for tobacco control in Jordan. KHCC is proudly the first hospital in Jordan to declare its campus 100% smoke-free.
The tobacco dependence treatment program was established in 2008 under the leadership of Dr. Hawari, and was then incorporated under the umbrella of the Cancer Control Office (CCO) established in 2010. The CCO was created with a mandate to undertake evidence-based interventions and research with the aim of lowering cancer incidence, and related morbidity and mortality in Jordan. Dr. Hawari and his team are leading activities to build the network and advance tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control policies across the region.