Background

Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) or chronic diseases are a group of conditions that are not passed from person to person and are mainly of a long duration and progress slowly. NCDs include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic lower respiratory diseases, sickle cell disease, mental illness and injuries. They are mainly a result of a combination of genetic, environmental, behavioural and metabolic risk factors, such as, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, air pollution, stress and overweight/obesity. The way people live, work and play are contributing to this public health problem.

Link to Caribbean NCD, Nutrition, Mental Health Focal Point Network

Areas of Work

To prevent and control NCDs, CARPHA carries out its mandate through the following areas of work:

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