Global Bridges announces 11 new projects in WHO European Region

Global Bridges and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change are pleased to announce $2 million in grant funding for 11 new projects focused on treating tobacco dependence in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. The grants were awarded following a competitive review of proposals for projects that will help more Europeans improve their health by stopping tobacco use with support from healthcare professionals.

Funded projects are consistent with the Global Bridges mission to support a global network of healthcare professionals and organizations committed to tobacco dependence treatment and advocating for effective tobacco control policy. The request for proposals called for projects focused on two specific areas of interest:

  • Capacity building initiatives, including development of educational materials, for healthcare professionals in tobacco dependence treatment
  • Advocacy programs aimed at implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 14 and its guidelines at the national level

Projects will involve a broad range of healthcare professionals in multiple European countries, including primary care physicians, health workers in hospitals, nurses, pulmonary specialists and providers treating pregnant women.  Projects will leverage the crucial role of healthcare professionals as non-smoking exemplars and tobacco control advocates, and will enhance organizational change, actively engaging a variety of professional and policymaking institutions.

The new projects, listed below with their grantee organizations, will begin soon and continue through early 2019.

  • Catalan Institute of Oncology
    • Improving hospital-based smoking cessation interventions in South European Countries
  • University of Crete
    • Primary Care Tobacco Treatment Training Network in Greece & Cyprus
  • Fundacja “Promocja Zdrowia – Zdrowie Albo Tytoń”
    • Development and evaluation of STAR – an expert digital platform supporting training and delivery of cessation interventions by healthcare professionals
  • Meuhedet
    • Supporting Clean Air for Babies: An organizational strategy to reduce perinatal smoking
  • American University of Armenia, School of Public Health
    • Integrating evidence-based tobacco control services into tuberculosis control in Armenia
  • International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
    • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions
  • European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)
    • EuroPean Accredited Course on Tobacco Treatment – PLUS
  • Global Health Initiative at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit
    • Collaborative development of a continuing education program to train healthcare providers on tobacco cessation counseling in FYR Macedonia
  • Clinica Clima
    • Evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment support for mental health/addiction patients in Portugal
  • International Primary Care Respiratory Group
    • Teaching the teachers of primary healthcare professionals to treat tobacco dependence
  • Georgian Respiratory Association
    • Initiative to address smoking dependence and promote smoking cessation in Georgia