India project continues development of country-wide tobacco cessation network
Project SCCoPE in India is turning out to be a potential “role model” for development of a country-wide tobacco cessation network. Global and national tobacco cessation will benefit from a partnership of program officers from government agencies, nonprofit companies and academia in India. This is the principle on which project SCCoPE operates. We are aptly positioned to be the centre for knowledge sharing and leadership in mainstreaming cessation in various institutions in the country.
We are developing a Hub and a Spoke model, where we serve as the HUB (centre of excellence in tobacco cessation located centrally in New Delhi) and we develop the Spokes around us (centres of excellence in cessation regionally in premier institutes, already recognised for their clinical care.)
With the above idea in mind, we went beyond our project requirements to initiate the networks in the country. We have started from the eastern India region targeting one of the most prestigious and premier institutes of medical sciences, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar.
A workshop conducted by team SCCoPE, named “Tobacco Cessation in Routine Clinical Practice” held in the premises of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS widely advertised on the website witnessed an overwhelming response from the medical, dental and nursing fraternity. Participants included faculty, clinicians and staff from the leading medical and dental colleges of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
We plan to hold a number of such workshops around the country and aim to build at least one spoke model in the northern, southern and western parts of the country.
This will help create centres of excellence in clinical care for tobacco cessation and finally pave the way for integration of cessation into medical curriculum as all these centres are reputed schools of medicine.