Surveillance is essential to prevent and control disease. As the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System, our goal is to provide our Member States with the necessary tools to monitor chronic non communicable diseases (CNCDs). The purpose of the Country Profile of Capacity and Response to CNCDs survey is to assess the national level capacity and response to NCDs. The survey could also be applied at the sub-national level if the responsibility for health is decentralized. The results will ultimately allow our Member States, PAHO and the WHO HQ to improve the planning of future actions and technical assistance required to address CNCDs.
The purpose of this survey is to gauge your country capacity and response to CNCDs. The survey also serves as the base for the ongoing assessment of changes in your country's capacity and response. Furthermore, the use of standardized questions allows comparisons of country capacity and response across the Region.
Country Capacity in the Region
Within the framework of monitoring country capacity, PAHO has developed and expanded sections of the WHO Country Capacity Survey and posted them below as an available instrument to serve as a guide for the countries to follow when assessing their capacity for CNCD response (including policies, surveillance, health promotion, partnerships and health services) to be used for planning their systems.
The WHO Country Capacity survey performed in 2005 in the Region of the Americas included 28 of the 36 countries. The results show a wide-angle perspective, providing information on chronic disease country capacity response.
The 2010 Country capacity survey included 31 countries and has incorporated more details on each of the aspects to be assessed.