Local Mentor


Your name, position: Volodymyr Rudiy, Chief of the Secretariat of Committee of Health Care, Motherhood & Childhood of Verchovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine

Name of Fellow you have assisted: Konstantin Krasovsky
1.    What, in your opinion, have you and your Fellow/program/project gained from your cooperation thus far?
During the project implementation for the first time in Ukraine independent expert Konstantin Krasovsky have analysed process of legislation development in Ukraine, its strong and weak features. The analysis of this process conducted by the Fellow provides more detailed and complex approach to decision concerning this legislation improvement to increase its effectiveness. It is very important achievements that arguments presented by Konstantin Krasovsky in his research could be used not only in tobacco control, but also in other areas of health and social policy, especially in those ones where interests of society contradicts to the vested interests of some commercial corporations. If the research recommendations will be perceived and supported by those decision makers who support the society interests it would have very positive effect for of further tobacco control policy in Ukraine and probably in public health policy in general.
2.    Do certain areas of this Fellow’s work need improvement? Which areas?
The research conducted by Konstantin Krasovsky is very helpful for general understanding of the tobacco control policy and can be interested for those policy makers, which wish to support comprehensive policies to improve public health in general. Both parts of the research “Policy analysis of tobacco advertising in Ukraine” and “Fighting for tobacco control legislation in Ukraine” are supplement each other. However, to my opinion, it would be very helpful to broaden scope of each of these papers: policy analysis could cover not only tobacco advertising, but other areas of tobacco control legislation and the research paper could also include long history of legislation concerning tobacco advertising in Ukraine. In such a case these works could be united in one and will be published as a book.
3. In your opinion, does your Fellow’s project make a significant contribution to the field?
YES, to my opinion, the project has great national and international importance.
4. Would the project be important to other countries in the CEE/fSU region?
YES, to my opinion the project will have has special importance for the former USSR and other Eastern European countries because the process of development and adoption of tobacco control legislation in these countries is very similar to the process, which took place in Ukraine.
5. Could the proposed policy research make an impact on the policy environment in specific countries or regions? (Policy makers, experts and policy research community)
YES, if the policy makers, experts and policy research community in the former USSR countries will get opprtunity to read the research. For such a purpose it should be translated into Russian.
6. Is the timetable for the project realistic?
7. Could the project benefit a large number of people?
YES, tobacco use is one of the global public health problems.
8. Does the Fellow show evidence that he/she can think strategically about the relevant project and/or field?
YES, undoubtedly the Fellow showed his ability to use strategic, based on multi-sector approach thinking when developing recommendations, directed to improvement tobacco control policy. His recommendations on tactics of legislative work support his strategic vision.
9. If the Fellow were to re-apply for continued OSI funding for follow-up work associated with the project, would you support continued funding?
10. Are there other appropriate funders that may support the project?
I suggest YES, there are should be some organizations, to my opinion, the World Health Organization and some UN agencies, European Comission and so on.

Recommendations for other potential senior contacts for this Fellow:

To my opinion, Konstantin Krasovsky has valuable knowledge and experience and his expertise is very interesting and deserves attention. He could be invited as an international tobacco control expert to provide assistance in tobacco control policy development in any countries of the region.

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