Building TDT capacity in India

In a project funded by Pfizer IGLC through Global Bridges, the Salaam Bombay Foundation, in partnership with the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF), LifeFirst, and Mindtemple, is building a team of healthcare professionals with skills to provide evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment in a variety of healthcare settings across Maharashtra, India.


According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India report 2009-20101, the prevalence of tobacco use in India is very high — nearly one-half of the adult male population and more than one-fifth of the adult female population use tobacco in some form.  The majority of tobacco used in India is smokeless tobacco.

This is an area where tobacco cessation is not a priority in the healthcare setting and very few healthcare professionals have been trained in patient cessation counseling techniques.  Fortunately, the National Cancer Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the WHO country office for India have developed training resources targeted to the specific patterns of tobacco use in India.

The key objectives of this project are to adapt and disseminate existing resources in order to:

  • train approximately 2,000 healthcare professionals in tobacco dependence treatment
  • conduct training for 600 healthcare professionals to provide tobacco dependence treatment to all identified tobacco users through evidence-based cessation techniques
  • establish a network of trained healthcare professionals across a wide variety of healthcare settings
  • create specialized training modules


Training sessions began in April and are expected to continue through summer 2016.

The Salaam Bombay Foundation is the recipient of one of 19 grants awarded through a partnership between Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) and Global Bridges, to build healthcare professionals’ capacity to treat tobacco users in low- and middle-income countries.

Himanshu Gupte of NSF shared a project update with participants in a May 28, 2015 Global Bridges grantee conference call:

Global Bridges Grantee Call May 2015_Himanshu Gupte.pdf 1.49 MB

Slides and audio from the call are available in the Resources section where you will also find numerous related presentations, curricula, and guides.

[1] Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India report 2009-2010, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India