Welcome to TIDRA [Tobacco Industry Documents Research in Africa]. a global network of advocates, educators and researchers focused on tobacco industry documents research in Africa. TIDRA is designed to create a pool of well-equipped tobacco control advocates with skills of documents research in the Truth Tobacco Documents Library (TTDL), in the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, in order to enhance monitoring and countering of tobacco industry interference in Africa. The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) and Marty Otañez, Associate Professor in the University of Colorado, Denver and global expert on using tobacco industry documents research (www.fairtradetobacco.org), are implementing TIDRA. TTDL is a repository of over 14 million formerly secret tobacco industry documents at the University of California, San Francisco USA. Global researchers and advocates use documents to make visible bad practices of the tobacco industry and increase public knowledge of industry strategies to interfere with the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Africa. Some countries to varying degrees have integrated documents research in broader corporate accountability campaigns against Big Tobacco. TIDRA is a resource center for expanding a pool of health advocates and government officials in Africa to get us to effectively monitor the tobacco industry’s activities in Africa.
Our goal is to develop a specialized team of African scholars and advocates that will use documents research in innovative ways to mitigate industry interference and enhance successful implementation of the FCTC in Africa.
1) Train public health advocates in Africa with the techniques of how to effectively search, use and disseminate information from TTDL to mitigate tobacco industry policy interference in the region; includes integration of research investment analyst reports, country data on industry or production figures, news reports and interviews
2) Mentor trained advocates and scholars to develop research protocols, obtain ethics approvals for hybrid projects that include human subjects, and produce tangibles such as academic manuscripts, blog entries and press releases with tailored information to the African context
3) Build an online and sustainable network of individuals and teams with expertise in documents research to enhance monitoring and countering of tobacco industry interference in Africa, partnering with diverse groups engaged in FCTC implementation around the world
We view a specialized team of African scholars and advocates with expertise in documents research as becoming change-makers against Big Tobacco
We strive to be a model for relevancy in implementation of FCTC in Africa
TTDL contains data to be leveraged in networking and coalition-building designed to promote health
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