Online Program

Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health: A challenge for health systems

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Anselm Hennis, MD, PhD, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for most of the burden of disease that health systems in the Americas have to address. Given the chronic nature of these conditions, the long term nature of their care, the mental health conditions and disabilities associated with such diseases, health services and their effectiveness will be contingent on having good quality and sufficiently resourced services. This is an enormous development challenge for lower and middle income countries of the Region of the Americas.

In 2013, Member States of the Region adopted the Plan of Action on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.  Its third line of action sets out specific objectives and evidence-based actions to improve accessibility, affordability and quality of health systems, linking health promotion and NCD management.   This presentation will discuss these actions, as well as the strategies needed to reorient health services including health promotion and preventive services, and the developments and innovations needed to make these changes possible.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Analyze NCD related risks and conditions in relation to how they will affect the reorientation of health systems in the Region of the Americas

Keyword(s): Chronic Disease Management and Care, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) extensively over the last 20 years. As Director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the Pan American Health Organization, I lead the Organization’s regional program to prevent and control NCDs in the Americas, providing technical cooperation to Member States.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.