Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day 2019 awards - the winners

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award and World No Tobacco Day Awards.

WHO Director-General Special award

  • His Excellency the Minister of Health Professor Kane Boubacar, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

African Region awardees

  • Dr Edumbadumba Egdula Pierre César, National Parliament, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The House of People’s Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Republic of Mauritius
  • Dr Ana da Conceição dos Passos Mamede Graça, National Institute Against Drugs, Republic of Angola
  • Mr Peter Unekwu-Ojo Friday, Executive Director, Cedar Refuge Foundation, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Region of the Americas awardees

  • Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Gerbert Marcelo Marqueli Canales, Fondo Solidario para la Salud, El Salvador
  • Dr Ana Maria Lorenzo Garcia, Technical Director, International Cooperation Center on Tobacco Control, Eastern Republic of Uruguay
  • Seven Colombian scientific societies: Asociación Colombiana de Medicina Interna, Sociedad Colombiana de Medicina Familiar, Asociación Colombiana de Neumología y Cirugía de Tórax, Asociación Colombiana de Neumología Pediátrica, Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular, Asociación Colombiana de Patología, y la Asociación Colombiana de Hematología y Oncología, Colombia
  • Fundación Interamericana del Corazón, Argentina
  • Florida Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advisory Board, United States of America

Eastern Mediterranean Region awardees

  • All Ministers of Health and All Ministers of Finance, the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Dr Behazad Valizadeh, Head of National Tobacco Control Secretariat, Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Tobacco control team in Abu-Dhabi, Department of Health Abu-Dhabi, Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates
  • Professor Salim Daccache s.j., Rector of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, the Lebanese Republic
  • Ministry of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt

European Region awardees

  • Professor Dr Galina Sakharova, Chief Researcher, Central Research Institute for Organization and Informatization of Health Care, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Russian Federation
  • Dutch Alliance for a Smoke-Free Society, Kingdom of Netherlands
  • No Excuse Slovenia – Youth Network, Republic of Slovenia
  • Shira Kislev, Chief Executive Officer, Smoke-Free Israel – the national initiative to eradicate smoking, State of Israel
  • Smoke-Free Life Coalition, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Professor Emeritus of Public Health Science Hans Gilljam, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Kingdom of Sweden

South-East Asia Region awardees

  • Professor Raj Kumar, Director, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, New Delhi, India
  • Dr Sukhum Karnchanapimai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Kingdom of Thailand
  • Dr Hasto Wardoyo, S.P.O, Regent of Kulonprogo District, Yogyakarta Province, Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor of Bogor City, West Java Province, Republic of Indonesia
  • Department of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan, India

Western Pacific Region awardees

  • Xi’an Municipal People’s Government, People’s Republic of China
  • Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • Guam Non-Communicable Disease Consortium Tobacco Control Action Team, Guam
  • Ministry of Social Services, Government of Niue, Republic of Niue
  • Iloilo City Government, Republic of the Philippines