Health authorities from throughout the Americas approved during the Pan American sanitary conference the new strategy for the prevention and control of non communicable diseases.
In approving the strategy, the countries pledged to:
Make non communicable diseases a priority in national health and development plans and in social protection policies.
Establish cross-sector mechanisms that promote dialogue and partnerships on NCDs between governments and nongovernmental sectors.
Improve access to and quality of health care for NCDs and strengthen interventions for reducing their risk factors.
Strengthen surveillance and research on NCDs and evaluate the effectiveness of policies related to NCDs.