Lessons learned in Mexico to treat chronic diseases are redesign in Trinidad & Tobago Print E-mail

Arima and Sangre Grande, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, September 30th, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Proper gender mainstreaming in health requires a theoretical base-conceptual and methodological tools that examine the interaction of different factors on the individual, familial, community, sectional, and global levels that generate inequalities in the health of women and men. This is why the Technical Cooperation among Countries project (TCC) team conducted a three-day workshop on gender and diabetes in clinics from Arima and Sangre Grande in Trinidad. The workshop was held from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th September 2011 at Kapok Hotel, Port Spain in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


PURPOSE: To build a common conceptual base about gender approaches, key concepts, the dynamic relationship between them, and their application in the diagnosis, treatment and care of diabetes and other chronic diseases in the framework equity and ethnic diversity.

METHODOLOGY AND EXPECTED RESULTS: For groups to identify gender issues related to: diabetes risk factors, access to health services, diabetes progression, and diabetes treatment outcomes.


•    Arima Healthy Life Style Clinic

•    Sangre Grande Health facilities

•    Trinidad Ministry of Health

•    Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization

•    Mexican Secretariat of Health

The TCC team conducted the workshop with approximately 30 health workers from Arima and Sangre Grande clinics. The workshop consisted of introductory presentations on the TCC project, the burden of non-communicable diseases in Trinidad and Tobago, and gender and health concepts; methods used in Mexico served as a backdrop for dialogue and group work among participants.

On day one, groups identified gender issues related to: diabetes risk factors, access to health services, diabetes progression, and diabetes treatment outcomes. On day two, groups identified a range of activities to be undertaken in Trinidad and Tobago to address gender in diabetes prevention, treatment and control.

Furthermore, groups discussed and identified ways to adapt the Mexican brochures to Trinidad and Tobago population needs. These discussions included a high reliance on women with regards to household eating habits, reluctance of men to consult health services, abstain from alcohol, unhealthy diets, and differential gender and cultural challenges to physical activity.




For more information please contact:

Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:42