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Background information

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Non-Communicable Diseases contribute to the major part of the burden of diseases in Suriname. In 2007 the five leading causes of death were cardiovascular diseases, external causes (injuries and violence), malignant neoplasms, perinatal period (metabolic and nutritional diseases) and diabetes mellitus. Diseases of the circulatory system, including cardiovascular, hypertensive and cerebrovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality for a number of years; during 2004 -2007 they accounted for an average of 29 % of all deaths in Suriname.

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The Workshop 22 -23 March 2010

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A workshop to strengthen national capacity and to better integrate national prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases was convened on March 22nd- 23rd 2010 to bring together national stakeholders and international experts involved in Non-Communicable Diseases to discuss the response on Non-Communicable Diseases from a global, regional and national standpoint and to identify components of an action plan and suggest mechanisms for partnerships. The workshop was a follow up of the action initiated by the PAHO Regional Office aimed at supporting the development of national Non-Communicable Disease prevention and control plan and commitment of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to upgrade the Non-Communicable Disease program.

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National Capacity Survey

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PAHO Suriname and the Ministry of Health Suriname coordinated the completion of the WHO Non-Communicable Disease National Capacity Survey. A multidisciplinary team with representatives involved in health promotion, policy/advocacy and surveillance from the Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Heath Information System (MoH-NHIS), the Bureau of Public Health (BOG) and representatives from the Ministry of Education- Sports department, Regional Health Services (RGD) and the Cardiovascular Risk Management group participated in the process via productive discussions on chronic disease activities in the country.

 

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