Tobacco Control and Cancer series: Building capacity for policy change | UICC

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 09:30 (GMT+1)

Tobacco Control and Cancer series: #2 Building capacity for policy change



This second Virtual Dialogue in the Tobacco Control and Cancer series addressed the following key questions:

  • How to strengthen and synergise capacity building efforts between cancer and tobacco control communities to drive policy change?
  • How to improve training and support sharing of best practices across countries?
  • How to better share information about existing programmes and foster opportunities to build networks?



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Rachel Kitonyo Devotsu, Regional Manager for Africa, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Rachel Kitonyo Devotsu has 17 years experience in cancer control ranging from advocacy for tobacco and alcohol control legislation in Kenya, building capacity of civil society organisations in 10 Sub-Saharan African countries to advocate for adoption and implementation of tobacco control laws within their countries, and training government policy makers and enforcement agents on adoption and implementation of NCD control measures. Rachel is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She leads the components of the McCabe Centre’s training and capacity building programs that relate to the African region and provides technical support to governments in the African Region. Rachel was the recipient of a WHO World No Tobacco Day Award in 2020 in recognition of her tobacco control efforts in the African region.

Kylie Lindorff

Kylie Lindorff, Chair of the Board, Framework Convention Alliance

Kylie is Manager of Tobacco Control Policy at the Cancer Council Victoria in Australia. She  has been working in tobacco control for over 20 years, holding various positions within both government and non-government organisations. She also works extensively in international tobacco control.  She is currently Chair of the board of the Framework Convention Alliance, the international NGO that supports the implementation of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  Kylie played a key role in the introduction of plain packaging in Australia and has worked intensively with colleagues in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, France, Norway and Canada to assist them with progressing plain packaging and is collaborating with colleagues in other regions to provide ongoing advice. 

Su’a John Ryan

Su’a John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Samoa Cancer Society

Su'a leads the Samoa Cancer Society since 2020. In June 2021, the organisation was selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the recipients of the World No Tobacco Day Award for its strong advocacy, outreach and awareness raising activities, alerting the public about the dangers of the tobacco cultivation, manufacturing and use as well as tobacco industry interference. 


Anca Toma

Moderator: Anca Toma, Director, Smoke Free Partnership

Anca Toma was appointed Director of the Smoke Free Partnership in 2018, having previously served as Director of Communications and International policy, and Senior Policy Advisor. Since March 2012 she supported SFP with its positioning and involvement in the European and global tobacco control policy debates, with a particular focus on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive, the implementation of measures to safeguard health policymaking from tobacco industry interference, and the coordination of national and European campaigns.


Event Information

Virtual - Virtual event - online 1202 Geneva Switzerland
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Responds to the following Declaration Target(s)
This event is under the auspices of UICC
Tobacco control
Last update: 
Thursday 8 July 2021