Regional Workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases
Non-communicable diseases are the main cause of death in the world, resulting in more victims than all other diseases combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cardiovascular diseases (such as hypertension, cerebrovascular accident - CVA, myocardial infarction, stroke, among others), diabetes, obesity, cancer and respiratory diseases represent approximately 59% of the 57million annual deaths in the world and 46% of the total of diseases, striking hardest in populations of low and medium income. These diseases are a reflection of industrialization, urbanism, changes in eating habits due to globalization, high consumption of tobacco and sedentary lifestyle. Despite having reached epidemic proportions, this scenario could be reversed by means of decreasing their risk factors, early detection and timely treatments.
With this in mind, a Regional Workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases: Prevention and Control of Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer, was held in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The event was organized by the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), the National Academy of Medicine (ANM), Latin American Association of Academies of Medicine (ALANAM), InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS). The objective of the event was to strengthen the idea that prevention and control should be a priority among governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, which should join forces in order to revert the current situation. Another crucial goal was to stimulate cooperation among the Academies of Medicine of the Americas, encouraging them to take on a more proactive role in the coordination and mobilization of their national societies, aiming towards promoting actions focused on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
The workshop counted with the participation of highly qualified specialists from several countries of the region, who shared their experiences and discussed cooperation strategies.