The CDC Foundation has announced a two-year, $14 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to enable the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct tobacco-usage surveys in eleven countries.
Part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, the grant will support implementation of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) and the Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS), both components of the CDC Global Tobacco Surveillance System. Results from the survey, which will be conducted in partnership with the World Health Organization, will be used to enhance participating countries’ capacity to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco control interventions for their adult populations. The GATS will be repeated in eleven countries, including Vietnam, which is slated to implement the survey in early 2015. The remaining countries, which are scheduled to begin another round of the GATS over the next two years, are being finalized.
The grant also includes resources to integrate TQS in ongoing national and regional surveys to track tobacco use over time and measure key tobacco control interventions.
"CDC's Global Adult Tobacco Survey has been instrumental in monitoring the global tobacco epidemic," said Ursula Bauer, director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. "The Bloomberg Philanthropies funding through the CDC Foundation will allow CDC and in-country partners to continue tracking important tobacco use trends and further evaluate critical public health interventions in these countries."