King Hussein Cancer Center’s TDT training program becomes the first program outside the USA to achieve full accreditation by the CTTTP

By Rasha Bader

The Cancer Control Office (CCO) at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Jordan proudly announces receiving full accreditation from the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) for its program on tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) training. This is the first program outside the USA to be fully accredited to issue Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) certification.

With this accreditation KHCC should be able to take its contribution to tobacco control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and globally a step forward. The availability of TDT services continues to be an issue, and healthcare providers report the lack of training and experience as barriers to growing services. In that context, certifying TTSs from all specialties in the healthcare field enhances their confidence and credibility, and prepares them to offer TDT as well as advocate for the service and spread knowledge among peers.

This achievement builds on years of hard work. Since 2011, the CCO has been working tirelessly to build TDT capacity in the EMR and has trained more than 2,000 participants from the region on various TDT interventions. This has been achieved through an evidence-informed program that was designed and developed by the experts at the CCO to align with global standards while addressing the specific needs of the EMR. Currently, the CCO –along with regional collaborators – is in the final stages of a three-year project that aims to build four training hubs across the EMR to enhance the availability and accessibility of TDT training in all three languages used in the region; Arabic, English, and French.