For the first ever time in Hungary, the Foundation started to examine the formerly secret internal industry documents with relevance to Hungary. As part of the activities of the fellowship program of Dr. Tibor Szilagyi at the Public Health Department of the University of Sydney (supervisor Prof. Simon Chapman), supported by the Australian Government, more than 1,000 industry documents are being reviewed. The first articles on the main findings of this research are due in the next few month in Hungarian and international public health publications.
4. Participation in international tobacco control efforts
Within the frame of TFI’s Don’t be duped! project, the Foundation published the book entitled ’Betrayed trust – lessons learnt from the secret industry documents’ in December 2001. The book was launched at a press conference, where about 40 journalists were present. The press conference aimed at attracting the journalists’ attention to the practices of transnational tobacco companies, and suggesting tobacco companies should not be trusted on issues related to tobacco control.
The CEO of the Foundation, Dr Tibor Szilágyi authored the English language book on tobacco control in Hungary in 2004. (Tobacco Control in Hungary: past, present and future).
5. Facilitating networking and communication
The Foundation established and maintains the first ever permanent communication channel between Hungarian tobacco control advocates (including policy makers and media representatives), a listserve provided by Globalink (Globalink-hu or Hungarian Localink). The Foundation’s staff regularly updates Hungarian colleagues and media representatives on FCTC issues and on other news of international tobacco control.
6. Training of tobacco control advocates
The Foundation organized the first ever training on tobacco policy and media advocacy for emerging Hungarian tobacco control advocates in May 2001. The program, financed by the American Cancer Society involved as main collaborative partners Mr Mike Pertschuk (the Advocacy Institute, Washington DC,), Mr. Imre Holló, (the World Bank, Hungary), and Mr. Paul Csagoly (WHO, Copenhagen). 18 trainees (12 from the National Public Health Institute’s branches and 6 from NGOs) participated at the training. A detailed description of the training can be found on the Foundation’s website. A report on the training was also published in Filter, the tobacco advocacy newsletter for Central and Eastern Europe (accessible through the Foundation’s website, ).
7. Involvement in cancer control in Hungary
The Foundation, supported by a grant of the American Cancer Society, prepares a stakeholder analysis of organizations involved in primary prevention of cancers in Hungary. The analysis will be finished in the fall 2002 and published in form of a book. Also, a set of recommendations will be drafted for the Health Policy Department of the Ministry of Health to help improve the effectiveness of cancer control activities in Hungary.
8. Developing and implementing pilot programs