About the Tobacco Control Data Initiative
THE PROBLEM: TOBACCO DATA ARE NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE
Tobacco products, when used as directed, will kill half of all users. In 2014, over 11% of Kenyans (2.5 million users) aged 15 and above used tobacco products. Tobacco use (smoked and smokeless) was more prevalent among males, at 19.1% (2.0 million users), compared to 4.5% (504,264 users) for females. Although cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use in Kenya, there are new (smokeless/nicotine based) products introduced into the market that are also causes of concern.
Although tobacco control data exist, they are usually only available in disparate sources (individual agencies, research institutions, private sector companies, or civil society organizations), and some are not easily accessible, which presents a challenge for adoption and implementation of tobacco control legislation. Following consultations with tobacco control stakeholders, some of the tobacco control themes that have emerged as priorities in Kenya include: tobacco prevalence, tobacco agriculture, taxation and illicit trade, tobacco industry interference, availability of cessation services, enforcement of the existing tobacco control laws and morbidity and mortality from tobacco use.
THE SOLUTION: A PORTAL TO AGGREGATE AND COLLECT NEW & EXISTING DATA
Development Gateway (DG), a non-governmental organisation that prioritises data for development, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) is addressing exactly this problem by creating a website that collates and curates these disparate information sources. This portal is a product of the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) through a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It seeks to consolidate essential data and information collected through rigorous primary and secondary research. We are hopeful that this online resource will assist those involved in tobacco control in Kenya by providing quick and easy access to relevant data.
We need to create a Repository at Afya House [Ministry of Health headquarters] – people are keeping information in siloes.
Interactive databases [are] what a lot of researchers are using now to be able to collate research of a similar kind in one place to allow for future query.
Data is currently scattered. A one-stop-shop would be the solution. Also a means of knowing about new data when it becomes available.
We would like to thank our partners who participated in the TCDI assessment mission and workshop or reviewed the content for this website.
Organizations that participated:
• County Government of Migori County
• Den of Hope
• Development Hub Consulting Ltd.
• International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA)
• Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
• Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
• Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)
• Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
• Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA)
• Kenyatta University
• Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
• Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development
• Ministry of Health
• Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
• NCD Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK)
• National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA)
• The Tobacco Control Board
• Shalom Councelling Services
• World Health Organization
Showcase Your Work
If you have access to relevant tobacco control data that you would like to share with the tobacco control community, please fill this form.
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The information displayed on this website is obtained from multiple sources and has undergone a rigorous verification process. Despite this effort, the accuracy and validity of data/information cannot be guaranteed. The website should therefore be used for guidance only. The TCDI team, and the authors whom we reference, cannot be held responsible for how the information is used. Data calculations and sources for the analyses used in this website are located here.