MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – The World Health Organization (WHO) gave Muhammadiyah the South-East Region WHO World No Tobacco Day Award 2021 a day prior to the World Tobacco Day, 31st May.
Muhammadiyah through Muhammadiyah Steps (previously known as Muhammadiyah Tobacco Control Center/MTCC) has significantly contributed to national tobacco control policies and programs. The Muhammadiyah Steps works together with the Muhammadiyah Tobacco Center Network.
“This award is a blessing from Allah and a result of our endeavor. I personally know how this MTCC began in 2005. It’s been long time,” stated General Secretary of Muhammadiyah Abdul Mu’ti in a virtual forum conducted by the Muhammadiyah Council for Public Health on Saturday (12/6).
The Muhammadiyah Steps and MTCN may not be boastful even though they became the first Indonesian civil society organizations achieving the award because the struggle to create public health.
“If we think the achievement is the culmination, the next one is the point of decline. We are now at raising stages, and this award is the second win. We have to strengthen and expand our actions since our goal is not to reach the achievement but to coin health and strong community which becomes our implementation of Islamic teachings,” he advised.
“On the behalf of Muhammadiyah, congratulations on achieving the award and succeeding in many public health programs, particularly tobacco control programs,” express Mu’ti.