United Forum Against Tobacco hosts 3rd national conference in Bangladesh

The United Forum Against Tobacco (UFAT) hosted the third national conference on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh on October 1, 2016 with support from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Global Bridges grantee Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury, head of epidemiology and research at the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute in Dhaka and his team organized the conference.

Dr. Choudhury moderated and participated in panels and shared achievements from his project, focused on capacity building for primary care physicians to treat tobacco dependence. Tobacco consumption in Bangladesh is at one of the highest rates in the world – about 45 percent of men in the country smoke, and tobacco cessation assistance has not yet been evolved. Dr. Choudhury’s project aims to achieve the following:

  • Develop a core group of health professionals with expertise in tobacco dependence treatment
  • Motivate and increase the knowledge for treatment of tobacco dependence among primary care physicians
  • Establish model tobacco cessation clinics in select tertiary care hospitals in divisional cities of Bangladesh

Thus far, a core group of health professionals, 200 primary care physicians and more than 350 nurses have been trained on tobacco dependence treatment and seven tobacco cessation clinics have been established, according to Dr. Choudhury’s poster from the 2016 Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit.

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