2024 World No Tobacco Day Awards – Winners

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) honours exceptional individuals and organizations across its six regions for their outstanding contributions to tobacco control through the prestigious World No Tobacco Day Awards. The recipients of the 2024 World No Tobacco Day awards, by WHO region, are as follows:

African Region

  • Mr Yankuba Darboe, Commissioner General, Gambia Revenue Authority, Republic of the Gambia
  • Ms Gormwa Gotus, Kaduna State Educator, Tobacco Abstinence Club, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Tobacco Abstinence Club, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Region of the Americas

  • Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the National Commission for the Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Dr Alberto José de Araújo (in memoriam), Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Dr Antônio Pedro Mirra (in memoriam), Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Gustavo Sóñora, Regional Director of Tobacco Control, Latin America, Vital Strategies, Eastern Republic of Uruguay
  • Ms Carolina Giraldo Botero, Congresswoman, Republic of Colombia
  • Corporación Colombiana de Padres y Madres – Red PaPaz, Republic of Colombia
  • Ms Gianella Severini, Senior Legal Coordinator, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Argentine Republic

Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Mr Husain Ali Alrayes, Health Inspection Supervisor, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Dr Wagdy Amin, National Tobacco Control Observatory, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Directorate General of Standards and Metrology, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, Sultanate of Oman
  • Madinah Health Cluster, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Mr Moncef Boukthir, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Republic of Tunisia

European Region

  • Professor Charlotta Pisinger, University of Southern Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark
  • Ms Mervi Hara, Executive Director, ASH Finland, Republic of Finland
  • Dr Francisco Rodríguez Lozano, Chair of the Board, Cancer Patients Europe Association, Kingdom of Spain
  • Ms Helen Stjerna, Secretary General, A Non Smoking Generation (NGO), Kingdom of Sweden
  • NGO A Non Smoking Generation, Kingdom of Sweden
  • Ministry of Health, Ukraine
  • Lviv Oblast Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Ukraine
  • Dr Raouf Alebshehy, Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

South-East Asia Region

  • Ministry of Railways, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Odisha State Tobacco Control Cell, Republic of India
  • Dr Widyastuti Soerojo, Health Policy Forum, Republic of Indonesia
  • Thailand Youth Institute, Kingdom of Thailand
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Centre, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Western Pacific Region

  • Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government, People’s Republic of China
  • Mr Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, Provincial Governor of Bataan, Republic of the Philippines
  • HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, HealthBridge Viet Nam, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
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