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This page contains a series of commentaries by the different stakeholders of the Partners' Forum, describing the position taken by each of them, in the order listed below:

  • International Business Leader Forum
  • Pepsico
  • Consumers International
  • Kraft Foods
  • Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Departamento de Análise de Situação de Saúde, Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde - Ministério da Saúde
  • World Economic Forum
  • InterAmerican Heart Foundation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Pan American Health and Education Foundation
  • CDC/WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health
  • The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (IFAVA)
  • Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies
  • EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport, WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • World Health Organization

Click below to see the individual commentaries.

International Business Leader Forum

“In a world in which chronic diseases are the number-one cause of death and cause suffering to hundreds of millions of people, arresting the long term social and economic impact of chronic disease is one of the major challenges of the 21st Century. Only by government, business and civil society working together in partnership can we hope to tackle the complex socio-economic, environmental and behavioural root causes. PAHO’s Partners' Forum is an essential, timely and ambitious initiative to begin to build the mass-scale and coordinated response required across the region. The International Business Leaders Forum is delighted to be a founding partner of the Forum, and contribute its 20 years’ experience of building capacity for, and facilitating, cross-sectoral action, and the learnings and experience from its Health Eating-Active Living programme.”

Adam Leach
CEO
International Business Leaders Forum


PEPSICO

“Partnerships are essential for hemispheric health.  The multiple health challenges our countries face respect no boundaries, and addressing them demands the creative collaboration of governments, NGO’s, multilateral institutions, and the private sector.  I congratulate PAHO on the launch of the Partners Forum, which will stimulate and facilitate that cooperation.  PepsiCo is proud to join this initiative to address the problems of chronic disease and make tomorrow better and healthier for future generations throughout the Americas.”

Donna J. Hrinak
Senior Director, Latin America Gov't Affairs
PepsiCo


Consumers International

“Consumers have the right to healthy and nutritious food and above all healthy lives. Consumers International see this multi-stakeholder platform as a good starting point for fighting non-communicable diseases, ensuring that informed consumers have access to improved products that meet international standards, are better labeled and contain less salt, fat and sugar, providing a healthy diet. Our member organizations are well placed to help achieving these goals.”

Hubert Linders
Asesor de Informacion y Coordinador de Proyectos
Consumers International


Kraft Foods

“In today’s world, tackling complex social and health issues requires listening to all the voices of the community.  Solutions may seem clear. Yet success depends on bringing together people - with different points of views and interests – to work towards a common goal.  The Partners Forum provides such a platform, where diverse perspectives can be shared in an effort to help address critical health and wellness concerns.”

Sarah Delea
Associate Director, Corporate Issues Management
Kraft Foods Inc.


Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

“Increasing physical activity at the population level, critical for combating the obesity/chronic disease epidemic, requires strategies and partnerships across a range of sectors. We are more likely to succeed when we coalesce with partners who for different reasons may support environmental changes that increase physical activity. For example, green house gases and low physical activity are both associated with policies that separate places to live and work as well as policies that subsidize the automobile by continuing to build highways; and place such subsidies over and above public transportation, multiple modes of transportation, pedestrian infrastructure and other features of walkable communities.”

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Departamento de Análise de Situação de Saúde
Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde - Ministério da Saúde

“Non-communicable or chronic diseases (NCD) represent more than 62% of the causes of death in Brazil.  In facing NCD it is important to organize the monitoring and surveillance system for those diseases and their risk factors. This data will support public policies on health promotion that impact individual health choices.  The underlying health conditions and determinants require intersectoral actions and partnerships with civil society and organized sectors.”

Deborah Carvalho Malta
Coordenadora Geral de Doenças e Agravos Não Transmissíveis
Departamento de Análise de Situação de Saúde
Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde - Ministério da Saúde


World Economic Forum

“Non-communicable diseases are a serious threat to global well-being and economic growth-- and success in dealing with this epidemic is everyone’s responsibility. At the World Economic Forum we are committed to support the Partners Forum. This partnership is critical as it will leverage the core competencies of all players, catalyze concrete collaborative actions for prevention and identify new delivery opportunities to achieve health for all.”

Dr Eva Jane-Llopis
Head, Chronic Disease and Wellness
World Economic Forum


InterAmerican Heart Foundation

“The InterAmerican Heart Foundation understands that strategic alliances and partnerships are the best way to advance health promotion and prevent chronic diseases, which are the number one health burden confronting our region. Neither the health care system by itself nor any single organization can tackle a problem that presents socio-economic, legal, communication, and other challenges. The Partner’s Forum provides civil society with expertise and an expanded network to promote social movements to influence governments, businesses, the media and ultimately the public.”

Beatriz Marcet Champagne, PhD
Executive Director
InterAmerican Heart Foundation


The Coca-Cola Company

“The Partners Forum is an ideal catalyst to promote active, healthy lifestyles and help prevent chronic disease throughout the Americas.  Connecting the efforts of governments, the private sector and civil society provides the Partners Forum with a platform to make a positive and sustainable impact by generating the synergies, scale and speed necessary to confront today's public health challenges.”

Jorge G. Casimiro
Director, International Government Relations
The Coca-Cola Company


Pan American Health and Education Foundation

“As a founding member of the Partners Forum for Action on Chronic Disease, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) knows chronic diseases can be defeated if we all share our strengths. Multisectoral partnerships are key to attacking chronic diseases and creating healthier environments and lifestyles for people of the Americas. PAHEF looks forward to lending our expertise and working with other Partners Forum members to create a future free of chronic diseases.”

Edward Kadunc
Executive Director
Pan American Health and Education Foundation


CDC/WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health

“Congratulations to PAHO for having the vision to develop the Partners Forum for Action on Chronic Diseases. Powerful, creative partnering can generate fresh ideas and maximize resources to enhance health promotion and disease prevention. As part of this effort, we are pleased to be working with PAHO to facilitate the development and implementation of culturally appropriate policies, strategies and programs to increase knowledge of and participation in physical activity in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Dr. Becky Lankenau
Director CDC/WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health


The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (IFAVA)

“If we are serious about addressing the impact of chronic disease throughout the world then the development of focused partnerships bringing together a diversity of experience, skills and resources is crucial to our long term success. The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (IFAVA) focus is simple - to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables as a means of preventing chronic disease. Collaborative and cooperative partnerships that support this approach are welcomed as a means of improving global health outcomes.”

The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (IFAVA)


Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies

“As the tsunami of chronic non-communicable diseases exacts its toll on the Caribbean region, the challenges are enormous. Limited resources and high dependence on external trade, constrain an effective response. Multisector partnerships offer unique opportunities to operationalise the aims enunciated by our leaders in the Port of Spain Declaration and by civil society (Healthy Caribbean Coalition), to successfully tackle lifestyle-related illnesses through advocacy, education, legislation and health promotion. The Partners Forum potentially has the capacity to cut through bureaucratic barriers to establish best practice in nutrition and physical activity school programs, anti-tobacco legislation, optimal agricultural and food policies, and residential planning and provision of recreational spaces. These are all key strategies to reverse the tide of this twenty first century scourge.”

Prof. Anselm Hennis
Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies


EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport
WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE

“Good transportation is essential for good health, while poor transport planning leads to more chronic disease. A holistic approach is the most effective way to address transport's broad impact on health. PAHO's Multi-Sector Partnerships comes as a timely and appropriate solution to help prevent chronic disease and promote healthy urban living.”

Claudia Adriazola-Delgado
Latin America Deputy Director
EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport
WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE


Sanofi Aventis

“Sanofi-aventis is fully committed to unleashing all its creativity and innovation. To do so, we intend to actively engage the world outside our walls. Our history shows that we can work with new teams while respecting their distinctive cultural, scientific and human values. We are deeply committed to addressing the unanswered healthcare needs of patients around the world. This ambition will guide all our current and future partnerships.”


World Health Organization

“In May 2008, at the World Health Assembly, 193 Ministers of Health endorsed the Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.  The Action Plan calls upon international partners, countries and the WHO to build results-oriented collaborative efforts. The new Global Noncommunicable Disease Network ("NCDnet") is designed to support the implementation of the Action Plan and the Partners Forum for Action on Chronic Disease is an excellent example of how to move forward by working in partnership at a regional level.

Janet Voute
Partnerships Adviser
Office of the Assistant Director-General
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 07:20

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