The Anti Tobacco Network (ATN) recently joined the University of Botswana (UB) and other key stakeholders for the annual UB Health Fair & Walk in Gaborone. This year’s fair was held under the theme ‘Confronting today’s health challenges through Sustainable Development Goals Implementation- #Walkingthetalk’. The main aim of the theme was to highlight the link between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and health.
ATN used the opportunity to educate members of the public on how tobacco can hinder the country from achieving the set SDGs by 2030, hence the sub theme ‘Tobacco- A threat to Sustainable Development Goals’. As highlighted by the World Health organization (WHO) many of the 17 SDGs have a direct or indirect relation to tobacco control. The most immediately relevant are as follows;
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns.
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Meanwhile, the newly established National AIDS and Health Promotion (NAHPA) Coordinator Mr Richard Matlhare assured the attendees of the fair that his organization will ensure that the long awaited comprehensive tobacco control legislation will go through parliament as a response to addressing the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are caused by tobacco use and are a hindrance to achieving SDGs.
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