INWAT Europe Patti White Awardee 2019

Professor Aida Ramic-Catak

Professor Aida Ramic-Catak of Bosnia and Herzegovina currently at the University of Sarajevo received Patti White 2019 award for her outstanding contribution to tobacco control. She has fought and advocated for tobacco control for more than 20 years showing great leadership in a complex country politically and  in the face of tobacco industry challenges.

 She is the National Counterpart for tobacco control for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2003.  She was a member of the Ministry of health working group responsible for drafting of national tobacco control law and strategy in collaboration with the World Bank.

 In 2010 she received an award from the WHO regional Office for Europe for her contribution to tobacco control. Aida works with a number of national and international agencies including the WHO, CDC and UNICEF. As a medical doctor she works in public health, research, health promotion and training of health professionals and has shown continuous commitment to professional development. More recently, in November 2018, she played a key role in the launch of a nation-wide anti-smoking campaign  to raise awareness and get public support for legislation to ban smoking in all indoor public areas. The event was attended by over 10,000 people.

She continues to work tirelessly highlighting the serious risks to the population of the health consequences of tobacco use and the importance of making the laws on tobacco control a priority, thereby making a significant difference to the health of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.