Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)’s Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM) is pleased to announce the next intake for an online capacity-building training course on tobacco industry monitoring as part of the project, ‘Building Effective Tobacco Control Advocates in Africa (BETA)’. The project aims to support African tobacco control stakeholders in target countries, specifically through offering training on tobacco industry monitoring and strategies for countering Tobacco Industry Interference (TII) with health policies.

The Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM)’s Tobacco Industry Monitoring Course is an online course developed in collaboration with world-renowned tobacco control experts and through support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The course aims to build the capacity of African tobacco control stakeholders in tobacco industry monitoring.The course will take participants through theoretical and practical approaches to tobacco industry monitoring and countering industry interference.

The course is structured to provide participants with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the development of the WHO FCTC, implementation guidelines and the evidence-base, specifically highlighting regional and in-country developments in implementation of Article 5.3 guidelines in Africa.
  • Mechanisms to monitor tobacco industry interference activities, including methods such as documents research and identifying and documenting new tactics and modes of tobacco industry interference.
  • Using various techniques to develop and implement an effective advocacy strategy, including sharing of best practices to counter industry interference.

The course is targeted at anyone interested in tobacco industry monitoring and response including but not limited to tobacco control advocates, journalists, researchers, academics and government officials or policy makers. The course is available in both English and French. The ATIM online course is comprised of self-paced 12 modules and will open from 15 November 2021 to 17 January 2022 for this intake.

Training Outcomes

By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify tobacco industry, their front groups/allies and systematically monitor their activities in relation to the development and implementation of tobacco control policies
  • Search through the tobacco industry’s secret documents and use them for advocacy
  • Counter and respond to tobacco industry interference and tactics

Draft effective and efficient tobacco control policy advocacy strategy and plan for organizations or country that ensures tobacco industry is prevented from interfering with the policy process.


Note: Participation in the course forms part of a comprehensive capacity building process

  • Participants need to have access to a computer and reliable internet
  • Participants need to dedicate at least 2-3 hours per week to go through the course modules
  • Complete all 12 modules within the 9-week period of the course (i.e. 15 November 2021 to 17 January 2021)to be considered for the limited competitive sponsorship to attend the complementary face-to-face ATIM training workshop in 2022.

Participants will receive a certificate after completing all 12 modules and will be linked with Africa Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) to join their country Tobacco Industry Monitoring teams to advance tobacco industry monitoring and response initiatives.

To register for the ATIM online course, click on the link below

Register Here

Enquiries can be sent to:

Kgomotso Kali –

Tidimalo Makhura –

Eudie Hlabioa –