Addis Ababa – Ms. Heran Gerba, Director General (DG), Ethiopia Meals and Drug Authority (EFDA) has received the 2021 World No Tobacco Day Award on the unique time for her efforts in tobacco adjust through her management role at FDA.
In a ceremony organized on the unique time, WHO Ethiopia handed over the award to Ms Heran, which comprises a medal and certificates of recognition signed by the WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom.
Ms Heran is notion to be one of many six awardees selected for this year from the WHO Africa role.
Each year WHO acknowledges people and organizations for his or her indispensable contribution to enhance tobacco adjust. Ms Heran Gerba is the fifth awardee from Ethiopia. Old award winners be pleased integrated the Dwelling of Other folks’s Parliament in 2014 and 2019; Tigray Regional Articulate in 2017, and Mr. Wondu Bekele, Executive Director of ‘Mathiwos-Wondu-Cancer-Society’ (MWCS) in 2020.
In her 17 years of provider as Deputy DG and DG of EFDA, Ms Heran has demonstrated sturdy management and contributed vastly to key milestones in tobacco adjust. Principal among these is the a hit adoption of 2019 Meals and Remedy Proclamation #1112/19, adoption of increased tobacco taxation in 2020 as half of the Excise Tax Invoice, and the Graphic Health Warnings with 70% cover of main areas of native cigarette manufacturers. Her enhance and commitment in constructing capacity of regions to domesticate national tobacco adjust law and plot context recount tobacco adjust law, build in force and create smoke free environment has been outstanding.
“Since 2014, Ethiopia has received five World No Tobacco Day awards which is symbolic of successive advances that the nation has accomplished in tobacco adjust.” Acknowledged Dr Bouriema Hama Sambo, representative to WHO Ethiopia . He added “Ms. Heran Gerba’s outstanding contribution to tobacco adjust by nurturing policy-based fully advocacy involves the 1112/19 FDA proclamation for tobacco adjust legislation & the exhaustive monitoring advertising and marketing campaign to plot obvious public locations dwell compliant to the Law.”
H.E Dr Lia Tadesse, Ethiopian Health Minister also congratulated Ms Heran Grba speaking on the award ceremony. “I’m happy that on the unique time Ethiopia has received the fifth World No Tobacco Day Award through Mr Heran Gerba, Director General for EFDA. Dr Lia added her role used to be key in reaching the indispensable milestones in tobacco adjust efforts.”