Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
STILLMAN, Frances A. Capacity building and human resource development for tobacco control in Latin America. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, suppl.2, pp.S340-S346. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342010000800032.
Objective. To assess capacity and human resources in Latin America countries and compare with other countries. Material and Methods. Data were gathered through needs assessments that were conducted at the 2009 World Conference on Tobacco or Health, and the 2nd Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco-International American Heart Foundation, Latin America Tobacco Control Conference held in Mexico City in 2009. Results. In comparing Latin America respondents to respondents from other countries, we found that the average number of years in tobacco control was higher and the majority of respondents reported higher levels of educational attainment. Respondents reported lack of funding and other resources as their number one challenge, as well as, tobacco industry interference and lack of political will to implement tobacco control policies. Conclusions. In Latin America there are some countries that have made significant progress in building their capacity and human resources to address their tobacco epidemics, but much still needs to be done.
Keywords : tobacco control; capacity building; assessment; Global Tobacco Research Network; Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.