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Capacity Building Workshop - conducted by the Dominica National Commission on Chronic non Communicable Disease 19 January 2010

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The role of CNCD Commissions in tackling chronic diseases – The Barbados Experience

The role of CNCD Commissions in tackling chronic diseases – The Barbados Experience

Dominica National Commission on CNCDs Capacity Building Workshop, 19 January 2010

Professor Trevor A. Hassell, Chairman Commission for CNCDs, Barbados.

The burden of the CNCDs - Barbados

Quarter of men and more than a third of women live with one or more CNCD.

Five leading causes of death are CNCDs.

Heart disease and stroke rank among leading causes of death.

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FACING THE CHALLENGE OF THE CNCD EPIDEMIC: The Global Situation & a Caribbean Perspective

FACING THE CHALLENGE OF THE CNCD EPIDEMIC: The Global Situation & a Caribbean Perspective

Presented by Shirley Augustine PAHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 35 million people per year die of chronic disease, which is about 60 per cent of all deaths, and double the number dying from all infectious diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, combined.

Non-communicable diseases are now responsible for 60 per cent of deaths worldwide, of which 80 per cent occur in low and middle-income countries, and that they are linked to poverty and represent a major threat to socio-economic development in the twenty-first century.

Globally and in the Caribbean, the chronic diseases of concern are heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. These are caused by biological factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar, and high blood cholesterol.

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