Democratic Republic of the Congo

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

The DRC has ratified the FCTC but has not yet drafted national tobacco control legislation. In July 2007 a ministerial decree established a ban on smoking in public places, public transport, etc. However, when viewed against the Article 8 guidelines adopted at COP3, this decree is insufficient and needs to be improved. Also, weak sensitization/public education efforts are a challenge to the proper implementation of the decree. However in health facilities and school establishments, where smoke-free campaigns were conducted, Article 8 is already being implemented.

Smokefree resources available in 2009

At an FCA training that brought together NGOs and national tobacco control focal points from Central Africa in Kinshasa, in December 2007, the five NGOs from DRC put into place a Congolese network for Tobacco Control (RCCT) in order to work in synergy. Currently the network is in the process of identifying other NGOs from DRC who work on tobacco control issues. RCCT works with the Focal Point for Tobacco Control in DRC, Mr. Rigobert Mbuyu who is also the Director of the National Program for Drug Addiction through the Ministry of Health in the DRC. http://blogsofbainbridge.typepad.com/patrick/

Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials

The media is the main channel for raising public awareness around the implementation of the FCTC.

Needs related to implementing smokefree policies

Tobacco control measures.
The elaboration and application of tobacco control legislation
Technical, logistic, and financial assistance for the implementation of policy.

Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8

Helping
Availability of NGOs, the Ministry of Health and other engaged experts.
Existence of expertise at the local level.
Hindering
Tobacco control has not yet been identified as a priority.
Weak means of implementing the FCTC.
Few financial resources for tobacco control activities.

Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws

Not stated.

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