The Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, related risk factors, disabilities, and mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders that are sound and appropriate for the culture and society.  It raises political and public awareness and understanding of burden of the most common NCDs, related risk factors, mental or neurological conditions, and leads multi-sector and multi-stakeholder strategic and collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening Member States' capacity to promote and protect health through public policies, programs, and services. This will reduce risks and disease burden in order to improve the physical, mental, and social well being of the population.

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Partnerships and Networks

CARMEN Network

CARMEN Network


Inter-American Task Force on NCDs





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Virtual courses

  1. Virtual courses on Noncommunicable Diseases (CVD, Kidney Diseases, Cáncer, Diabetes)
  2. Virtual courses on Mental Health
  3. Virtual courses on Alcohol
  4. Virtual course on Tobacco Control

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Latest News: NMH

World No-Tobacco Day Awards recognizes advancements in Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela

 Washington D.C., May 22, 2020 (PAHO) -- World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Awards for 2020 are being presented to three Bolivian institutions, three Mexican ministries, the Venezuelan Ministry of Health, and a Brazilian doctor for their contributions to tobacco control in their countries. The winners, selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) from nominations received in response to a public call, achieved key advancements for tobacco control in their countries. The awards are part of the global tobacco control efforts that are recognized for World No-Tobacco Day every year.


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