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Action plan to tackle chronic diseases

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Action plan to tackle chronic diseases

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KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Officials from 14 Caribbean countries have agreed on a regional action plan aimed at reducing premature death from chronic diseases as part of a global initiative to reduce deaths by 25 per cent by 2025.
A statement issued by the organisers of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition today said that the conference held in Jamaica late last month agreed on a Caribbean Civil Society Action Plan, 2012-2016 which will be used as a roadmap for Caribbean civil society contribution to the effort to significantly reduce death from chronic diseases in the region.
“The plan calls on civil society to enhance communication, build capacity, undertake advocacy and apply mobile health initiatives in the Caribbean as  its contribution to the achievement of targets as set out in the Political Declaration arising out of the United Nations High Level meeting on chronic diseases, 2011, and subsequently.”
“The reduction in sickness and death from chronic diseases requires the contribution and involvement of all sectors of society working towards the common goal of 25 per cent reduction of premature death from chronic diseases by the year 2025, said Professor Trevor Hassell, Chairman and President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. (CMC)