The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Baltimore, USA has organized 5th Annual Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program, a two week leadership training program from 19th to 30th July 2010 to build effective capacity for tobacco control.
As part of the Bloomberg Initiative, the 2010 Leadership Program aims to build leaders in countries experiencing the greatest burden of disease from tobacco use. 99 participants from 31 countries have participated in the program. 7 participants from Bangladesh were participated in the program. Mr. Mohammed Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive of YPSA and Ms. Nasim Banu, Team Leader, Smoke Free project of YPSA have participated in the leadership program
The main objectives of the leadership program were to strength skills in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, communication and advocacy; to use evidence concerning the health and economic burden of tobacco use; to develop capacity for applying principles and theories of evidence-based best practices in tobacco control to address country-specific issues and challenges; to strengthen ties and linkages to international colleagues; and to enhance leadership and networking skills to advocate for, enact, and implement effective policy change.