Message from Prof. Jennifer Perera Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

It is a privilege and honour to have all the distinguished resource persons and invitees from South Asia and all over the globe at the inauguration of the South Asia Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco  (SARC-CCT) which was held on 15th of July, together with the initiating capacity building workshop from 15th to 17th July 2019, in this paradise island of the Indian ocean.

From its humble beginnings in 2016, established under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), of World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre for Combatting Tobacco has taken giant steps to achieve its objectives of becoming one of the worlds best tobacco observatories. It has paved the way to improving public health through monitoring of tobacco industry.

SARC – CCT is the brain child of CCT which is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo with pride and responsibility. The launch of the SARC – CCT is the hall mark event during this workshop. I believe that through the collaborative activities of the consortium we will be much strengthened to combat the tobacco menace, that affect the public health of South Asia specifically and the world in general.

Sri Lankan academia and  medical and allied health professionals have played a leading role in achieving  the desired objectives of tobacco control in Sri Lanka to a large extent and government commitment  towards this endeavor was quite substantial. I am certain that together we will achieve greater heights for South Asia specifically. The sharing of good practices during this event will strengthen the functions of the observatory to a great extent.

I wish every success, and an illustrious future, one not lesser than that of CCT, for the SARC-CCT.

Professor Jennifer Perera
Faculty of Medicine
University of Colombo