Regional Updates

Regional Updates on WNTD Activities


Aside from a Press Conference with female resource speakers from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education and other NGOs, and media interviews, Cambodia is preparing for a WNTD celebration on 28 May at the National Institute of Education, Phnom Penh.  Guests of honor include H.E. Mrs. Men Samorn, Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mrs. Ung Kathaphavy, Minister of Women Affairs and H.E Morm Bunheng, Minister of Health.  Other participants are representatives from Women NGOs and Ministry of Women Affairs, University students, and Medicam members.

The program includes a testimony by a patient suffering from tobacco related disease, a drama performance and speeches from the guests.

(Contact:  Mr. Mom Kong, or Ms. Yeou Phallin,, Cambodia Movement for Health)


The national commemoration of WNTD 2010in Indonesia is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, and will be held on 31 May 2010 in Padang Panjang, which is a model smoke-free city.  The WHO Award will also be handed to the Padang Panjang Mayor as the Smoke Free Ambassador.  Other activities of the Ministry of Health are:

§  Press Conference: prior to WNTD 2010

§  TV Talkshow

§  Demo

§  Exhibitions

§  Visit to Padang Panjang

Other organizations such as LM3 will have a tobacco control poster competition.  The Tobacco Control Support Center(TCSC) will be choosing the recipient of  the 2010 Writing competition for Journalists, in coordination with LSPP.  Objectives are to show appreciation to journalists for their support to TC movement in Indonesia and to increase public awareness and concern about TC issues.  The competition started last June 2009, and ends May 15, 2010.  Categories are: Print media, TV production, blogs

(Contact:  Ms. Kiki Soewarso, Media Officer, TCSC,

Lao PDR:

The WNTD 2010 in Laos will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO Laos and Ministry of Information and Culture.
Aside from emphasizing this year’s theme, another objective is to formally introduce the Tobacco Control Law of Laos to the media and the general public, and to launch the first issue of the Tobacco Control Newsletter,“Khobchai”
Media Advocacy Activities
– A brief press conference and interview with Deputy Prime Minister (Topics:
Theme of WNTD 2010 and Tobacco Control Law)
– A media workshop for local media (media from Capital city and provinces)
-WNTD Materials:
– Adapt WHO’s WNTD 2010 theme to local language: ‘Protect Women from Tobacco
Marketing’ and produce poad banners, brochures/factsheets

 (Contact:  Mr. Youda Konsengpengphet, Media Officer, Tobacco Control Task Force-Laos,


 The tobacco control advocates in the Philippines will launch a Fun Run and Cycling event on May 30, 2010 under the theme of the World Health Organization (WHO), “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women”. The event was designed to draw particular attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls. 

The organizing committee is composed of the Department of Health (DOH), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP), Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP), and WomanHealth Philippines. The groups agreed to focus on the prevalence of smoking on adult and young women who have been the target of renewed marketing campaign of the tobacco industry. 

Around 800 participants are expected, hoping to gather as many women as possible coming from the Health agency officials at the national and local levels, particularly the municipal and city health offices in Metro Manila. Also participating are the medical doctors, FCAP’s civil society partners, and the mothers and young women of WomanHealth Philippines from the urban poor and workers communities in Metro Manila. 

A short program after the Fun Run and Cycling follows with the Mayor of Quezon City welcoming the participants, followed by the inspirational messages of Dr. Susan Mercado of the World Health Organization and Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral. Also invited to grace the occasion are Senator-elect Pia Cayetano and Representative Risa Hontiveros who championed the proposed bill on Picture-Based Health Warning. The other local government officials in Metro Manila were also invited to join the events.

(Contact: Ms. Joyce Sierra, Media Officer, FCAP,


The WNTD festivities in Thailand will be led by ASH Thailand, in cooperation with other local NGOs and advocates.  An original design with the Theme:  Women:  Tobacco Industry’s Victims was developed by ASH Thailand, and will be used in all activities and printed materials..


·         Media Tool kit

      Fact Sheet WNTD 2010

      Poster / Leaflet / Sticker / TV Stand 

    – TV Spot / Radio Spot

    – Print Ad. / Mag. Ad

      Collaterals: T-Shirt / Pin / Fan


       Press conferences, 17 May

       Visit TV Program, 22 May

       Organize Special Event, 30 May

       Tri media activities

(Contact:  Ms. Chawala Pawaputhanond, Media Officer, ASH Thailand,


The WNTD activities for 2010 in Vietnam is a multi-sectoral effort: between Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking & Health (VINACOSH), HealthBridge Canada (Smoke-Free Hanoi), Vietnam Public Health Association (Smoke free in 6 provinces), Ha Noi School of Public Health, Centre for Community Development Services – CDS (local NGO) – Smoke Free Halong. Family Health International

Various activities:

      On 24/05: Launch “Tobacco harm reduction initiatives”:

       Bandroll & slogans (in Hanoi by HealthBridge and in 6 provinces by VPHA)

       Posters (by WHO) to be distributed to provincial levels, central levels.

       Public event (by WHO, HealthBridge, Hanoi school of public health, VINACOSH): Meeting and Performance: Dancing collective and cheers (500 students)

       “Smoke free office” Workshop with the Government Office – support the Youth Union of the Government Office to launch an anti-smoking campaign (posters, leaflets, video clips) – by HealthBridge.

       WNTD Marching in 6 provinces (Hai Duong, Thai Binh, Ha Tinh, Hue, Khanh Hoa and Dong Thap) by the VPHA

       Press conference by the VPHA

       Launch of Smoke-free home campaign by WHO and the Vietnam Women Union.

       Work with Vietnam Students’ Association to organize forums (Topic: harms of smoking & the need of TC Law in 400 universities/colleges)

       Launch “Media Competition” funded by American Cancer Society & BI

       Writing articles, features, stories, etc.

       Radio & television (TV spots, reportages, films, talk show, etc)

(Contact: Hoang Minh Giap, Media officer, VINACOSH,, or Ms. Tran Thi Kieu Thanh Ha, Media and Advocacy Officer, Healthbridge, Canada-VN,




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