The theme for these discussions was anchored on this year’s World No Tobacco Day theme – Tobacco – a Threat to Development.
Panelists included: Prof. Peter Odhiambo – a professor in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and also the Chairperson Tobacco Control Board; Mr Joel Gitali Shunza – The Chairperson Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance; and Mrs Anne Kendagor – Program Officer at the Tobacco Control Unit in the Ministry of Health under the Division of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Topics discussed included: The role of tertiary institutions of learning in addressing varied tobacco control issues such as conducting comprehensive research, inclusion of Tobacco Control within curriculum as well as informing evidence based policy advocacy. Secondly, how the tertiary institutions of learning can collaborate with civil society in championing for evidence based policies. And finally, How tobacco is a barrier to the country’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These round table discussions attracted approximately 80 students from the school of medicine and members of the faculty.