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Trust this finds you well and in good health. 

We would like to provide an update on the Tobacco Control Data Initiative. Thank you again for your continuous involvement in the project over the past few months. Your input is highly valued!

Why are you receiving this newsletter?

You are receiving this newsletter because you’ve been identified as a key stakeholder in the Kenya tobacco-control environment. We are funding research and building an online dashboard to assist you with your data and research needs.

About TCDI

As a reminder, Development Gateway (DG), an international non-profit organisation, is contracted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) programme. TCDI seeks to understand the tobacco control data needs of the relevant stakeholders, identify existing tobacco control data, confirm the gaps in the available data, compile and or collect new data to fill those gaps, and develop a user friendly dashboard to enable policymakers and other stakeholders to use essential data more effectively to inform tobacco control policy. In Kenya, TCDI is partnering with the Ministry of Health to carry out the project. 

Content Updates

Prevalence of Tobacco Use
The programme team has now commenced development of the dashboard that will provide high quality data on tobacco prevalence, products and policies in Kenya. The first theme to be profiled is Prevalence of Tobacco Use in Kenya. The team has conducted further analysis of the available prevalence data to bridge the data gaps highlighted by the stakeholders, created charts to present the data, and developed a write up that will accompany the respective charts. The Prevalence writeup is currently undergoing content review by thematic experts before technical development commences. 

Primary Data Collection
We have also put together a research team to carry out the primary data collection on Morbidity and Mortality of Tobacco Use in Kenya. We’ve submitted the research protocols to the ethics review bodies of Kenyatta National Hospital - University of Nairobi and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Once we receive the requisite approvals, the study will commence, led by Dr. Jane Rahedi Ong’ang’o from the Centre for Respiratory Diseases Research (KEMRI). The study will take place over the next one year in four hospitals: Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital-Othaya. 

Development Process

Content development and review
DG prides itself in using a user-centric approach in dashboard development. The process is both iterative and rigorous. Once the users identify the data gaps, the DG team conducts research from disparate sources to address these gaps. The output of this research is reviewed by different project team members (including our partners at UCT and Ministry of Health) as well as local thematic experts identified through stakeholder engagement. These experts are well known and have extensive experience in select themes in the tobacco-control space in the country. 


The Ministry of Health launched their National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2021/2- 2025/6 on 27th July 2021. The ministry affirmed that they will continue to work on tobacco control as one of the NCD  risk factors, and has prioritised the review of the Tobacco Control Act 2007 to include emerging tobacco products.

The ministry also has a newly active Non-Communicable Disease Interagency Coordinating Committee (NCD ICC) site where the TCDI team will be publishing the Morbidity and Mortality data that will be collected and analysed over the next one year.  Data uploading by MoH is still ongoing and will be completed by the end of the year. 

Next Steps on TCDI Kenya

The TCDI team will invite you to feedback sessions in the coming weeks, when the prevalence page is near completion. This will be an opportunity for you to express your input, preference on data visualizations, etc., to ensure that the website meets your needs. In adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, this process will be conducted virtually via online platforms such as Zoom. Actual dates will be communicated at a later date. 

The next data gap to be prioritised is ‘Tobacco Agriculture’. With a mock-up already in place, the team will focus on developing the relevant charts and infographics and thereafter engage a thematic expert to review the content before any publishing takes place. 

Primary data collection will commence in the aforementioned hospitals once we receive approvals from the two ethics review bodies and will run concurrently with other page developments. We will be sure to keep you up to date on these and other project updates.

TCDI in Other Countries

As a reminder, the programme is currently operating in 5 countries in Africa. Updates on progress in other countries is available below. Please note that any research or websites that will be produced for other countries will also be made available to you as well. 

South Africa

Our South Africa team launched their TCDI dashboard on World No Tobacco Day 2021. The team is also in the final stages of preparation for their primary data collection - A Study on the Use of E-cigarettes in the Country - and has contracted a data collection firm to that effect. Here is a sneak peek at their dashboard, which is continuously being updated.


The Nigeria project team has also embarked on development of the TCDI Nigeria dashboard starting off with factsheets on Prevalence of Tobacco Use in Nigeria and Tobacco Taxation. The website design for the respective pages is complete, technical requirements and thematic write ups have been finalised and reviewed by select experts.   


The Ethiopia project team recently concluded a co-design workshop that took place in Addis Ababa with key tobacco control actors in the country. The purpose of the workshop was to validate the themes that will be prioritized in the country dashboard as well as what would be the focus of primary data collection. 
Feedback on this newsletter or program? Questions? Please write to us below 
Rachel Kitonyo-Devotsu
Senior Tobacco Control Adviser
Tobacco Control Data Initiative     
Winnie Awuor
East Africa Regional Coordinator
Tobacco Control Data Initiative
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