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The Pan American Forum for Actions Against Disease is a catalyst for multi-sector partnerships that drive direct social, environmental, and policy action to promote health and prevent chronic diseases.

Click below for details on the Partners' Forum mission and objectives, focal groups, context, operations, and history.

Mission & Objectives

The Pan American Forum is being created by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with: the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), the World Economic Forum, and in consultation with: the CARMEN network, the World Health Organization (WHO), WHO Collaborating Centres; international NGOs working in heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; and Consumers International. The Partners Forum will be launched officially on December 3, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

I.  To promote healthy living as the best way to prevent and reduce chronic diseases and their main risk factors in the Americas.

II.  To mobilize, recognize, and scale up the efforts that companies, organizations, and countries undertake individually and collectively to promote health and prevent and control heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

III.  To raise awareness among the public and decision-makers of the impact of chronic diseases and how to prevent them.

IV.  To build partnering skills and synergies to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and reach of joint efforts by all sectors.

V.  To support and expand existing and new innovative chronic health initiatives to increase their impact.

The ultimate goal:
To prevent 3 million deaths over the next 10 years


Focus Areas and Working Groups

The Partners' Forum will advance efforts to promote health and prevent chronic diseases initially in the six focus areas below. Special working groups will advance preliminary objectives within each focus area. (Detailed Objectives)

    1. Healthy diet & increased physical activity
    • Working group on dietary salt reduction
    • Working group on physical activity

    2. Tobacco control
    3. Responsible use of alcohol
    4. Improved access to health care and medicines for the prevention and control of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer

    • Working group on access to services
    5. Workplace health & wellness
    • Working group on workplace health & wellness
    6. Training & research

There will also be a working group on measurement, evaluation, advocacy, communication and education that cuts across these six focus areas.

Additional working groups will emerge based on member interest and insight. Eventually, each working group will evolve into a multi-sector partnership that drives concrete action addressing a specific need within its focus area. Please let us know if you are interested in joining an existing working group or proposing a new one. (Contact/Join)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:13

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