Tobacco smoking is widespread in the Pacific region. The burden upon health, social and economic elements of the community is likely to be substantial. The environment for action to redress this concern has been provided by the international efforts to establish global commitment to fight the use and subsequent harm that results from tobacco use.
In order to address population need, and their stated obligation to the international community a number of countries in the Pacific region have embarked on an ambitious and well targeted tobacco control program. To facilitate their progress, six countries, initially Cook Islands and Tonga, and subsequently Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, requested NZAID to support their efforts with technical assistance. This support (Tobacco Control in the Pacific project – TCIP) has been provided by the Wellington based company, Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists (Allen & Clarke). It is due for completion in mid 2008.
An evaluation of TCIP has been commissioned by NZAID with two objectives:
• to assess the extent to which the programme achieved its goal and objectives,
• to identify the lessons learned, and the implication of these for further programming.
The evaluation was undertaken through background document review, a series of key informant interviews, stakeholder meetings and field observations. The process of evaluation encouraged those that have implemented the program to identify the achievements and gaps, the constraining and enabling factors, and the strengths and weaknesses, so that the lessons learned could be drawn.