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Regional Strategy for CNCDs

REGIONAL STRATEGY AND PLAN OF ACTION ON CHRONIC DISEASES

Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control

PAHO’s strategy to address chronic diseases, endorsed by the ministers of health of the Americas at the 2006 PAHO Directing Council, is described in the publication Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health. español | português | français (Click on the image to download the English version)

The Regional Strategy was developed through an intensive consultation process. The goal is to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic diseases and risk factors in the Americas. The target is a 2% annual reduction in death rates from the major chronic diseases, over and above current trends, which will result in the lives of over three million people being saved over the next 10 years, thus enabling them to discharge their social and work-related responsibilities. Globally, WHO has set the target of preventing 36 million deaths over the next 10 years.

The PAHO chronic disease strategy aims to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic diseases and related risk factors in the Americas along four lines of action:

  • Policy & Advocacy: To promote effective and evidence-based public policies on chronic disease, their risk factors, and determinants (including healthy food choices).
  • Surveillance: To support the development and strengthening of countries’ capacity for better surveillance of chronic diseases and their risk factors.
  • Diet and Physical Activity: To promote social and economic conditions that address the determinants of chronic diseases; and empower people to increase control over their health and adopt healthy behaviors; to encourage ecospaces conducive to active living.
  • Integrated CNCD Management: To strengthen health system capacity and competencies for the integrated management of chronic diseases and their risk factors, with a focus on quality of care.

The CARMEN Network

Composed of chronic disease program managers from national ministries of health in the Americas along with partner organizations, is the forum through which the chronic disease Regional Strategy is promoted and implemented.

The Partners' Forum

It is a PAHO initiative to unite the private sector, civil society, and governments to support the implementation of the chronic disease Regional Strategy in an intersectoral manner, working together to change the root causes and conditions that lead to chronic diseases.

WHO and PAHO Resolutions on NCD

  • Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: Implementation of the global strategy (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA61.14): English | español | français
  • Regional Strategy and Plan of Action for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control (PAHO Resolution CD48.R10 2008): English | español | português | français
  • Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (PAHO Resolution, CD47-17 2006): English | español | português | français
    Executive Summary: English | español
    Abstract:The Strategy is comprehensive, requiring a combination of interventions for the population and individuals. It is integrated, spanning prevention and control strategies focusing on the major chronic diseases and cross-cutting risk factors (especially physical activity, tobacco, and alcohol). Finally, it is intersectoral, because most of the major determinants of the chronic disease burden lie outside the health sector.
  • Health Promotion (PAHO Resolution CD47-16, 2006): English | español | português | français
  • Regional Strategy and Plan of Action on Nutrition in Health and Development, 2006–2015 (PAHO Resolution CD47-18, 2006): English | español | português | français
  • Cancer Prevention and Control (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA58.22, 2005): English | español | français
  • Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA57.17, 2004): English | español | français
  • WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA56.1, 2003): English | español | français 
  • Public Health Response to Chronic Diseases (PAHO Resolution CSP26/15, 2002): English | español | português | français
  • Cardiovascular Disease, especially Hypertension (PAHO Resolution CD42.R9, 2000; pp. 16–19): English | español
  • Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA53.17, 2000): English | español | français
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