Grantees and Network Members Present Work and Connect at ENSP-CNPT Meeting in Madrid

In June, the ENSP and CNPT welcomed more than 400 delegates from 44 countries to their annual meeting in Madrid, Spain. Tobacco dependence treatment again had a respectable profile, with multiple plenary and parallel sessions devoted to the topic.

Despite significant policy advancements in multiple countries, more work remains to be done, as tobacco claims more than 7 million lives annually.  New approaches to entrenched issues are also required.  Laurent Huber of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shared a new perspective focused on leveraging the right to health under the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights to ensure that every citizen of participating countries has access to cessation support. Many human rights treaties have stronger monitoring and enforcement mechanisms than the FCTC. ASH has developed resources to help public health advocates use human rights arguments to find entry points into the human rights system, and will be conducting training for some European countries.

A separate session organized by grantees Sophia Papadakis and Joao Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia focused on helping healthcare professionals stop smoking. This is a much-discussed aspect of training which gets little practical attention.  Dr. Martin Raw shared data confirming the high rate of tobacco use among health professionals, while pointing out the paucity of research among this group. Project findings shared by grantees Sophia Papadakis, Alex Plum and Linda Kaljee suggested that in at least some cases, training health care workers to help their patients stop using tobacco can motivate them to quit themselves. After the session, presenters and other audience members launched an ongoing dialog on the topic, which will be moderated by Sophia.

Presentations from this session, and all Global Bridges-organized sessions, are available here. One suggested next step is to share training modules and evaluation materials, to adapt and translate for various audiences and contexts.

Joao Mauricio Castaldelli Maia

Linda Kaljee

Sophia Papadakis

Stella Bialous