Carissa F. Etienne will take part in the WHO World Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases from 18 to 20 October and will renew the cooperation strategy with the country
Washington, Oct. 13, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)-- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, will visit Uruguay next week to participate in the WHO Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), and to review PAHO's cooperation strategy with the country.
The Conference aims to highlight the linkages between reducing premature deaths from NCDs and improving policy coherence in areas that affect the governance, prevention, treatment and surveillance of these diseases. It will be held from October 18 to 20 in Montevideo, and is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), PAHO, the Presidency of Uruguay and the Ministry of Health of Uruguay.
NCDs - cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases - are one of the greatest challenges in development today. In the Americas, they account for about 80% of all deaths, and 35% of deaths from these diseases occur prematurely in people aged 30 to 70. Global targets commit countries to reduce preventable mortality by one third by 2030. Health gains can be achieved more readily by influencing public policies in sectors like agriculture, food production, pharmaceutical production, taxation, trade, and urban development than by making changes in health policy alone.
Participants will share the best low-cost, WHO-supported solutions to drastically reduce NCD deaths and save tens of millions of lives. These solutions range from prohibiting advertising and raising taxes to reduce exposure to tobacco and unhealthy diets, to facilitating access to essential health services for all people to protect them from these diseases.
A road map to outline global action on these diseases is expected to be finalized, as a contribution to the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018 and Agenda 2030.
In another event, Etienne will meet the Uruguayan Minister of Health, Jorge Basso, on Oct. 19 to sign a new cooperation strategy with the country, with lines of work to improve the health of the population in the next four years.
The Director of PAHO, who is also WHO's Regional Director for the Americas, also plans to sign an agreement with the Government of Uruguay for the continuation of the operation in Montevideo of the PAHO's Latin American Center for Perinatology, Women's Health and Reproductive Health (CLAP-SMR ) which has been based in the Uruguayan capital since it was created in 1970.