Regional Strategy on Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Renewed

The Member States of PAHO/WHO agreed to renew the Strategy and Plan of Action for an integrated approach to prevention and control of chronic diseases, including diet, physical activity and health, and incorporating regional goals, objectives, and indicators, for presentation to the Directing Council in 2012.

The renewal comes after the High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases, which took place at the UN on 19 and 20 September of this year in New York.

“We have to take the declaration of New York and give it life,” advocated the Director of PAHO, Mirta Roses, to the representatives of the Member States of the Organization. She asked them to the message about NCDs to the various international forums that will take place during the next year to raise in other sectors of their responsibilities in bearing the burden of these diseases.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of premature death in the Americas, with about 39 million deaths, and also the main reason for avoidable health care costs, making prevention and control a public health priority in all countries of the region.

Marcos Espinal, Area Manager of Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention of PAHO/WHO, pointed out that “NCDs are on the political and development agendas development of our leaders,” adding that “we must stay strong and on course.”

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