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Seminar on non-communicable diseases and their impact on sustainable development in the Caribbean

4 Novembre 2021|Évènement

The overall objective of this seminar is to examine the confounding factor of COVID -19 in relation to NCDs and to highlight the contribution that an economic analytical approach to the problem of NCDs could make towards sustainably addressing the developmental challenges posed by these chronic diseases. The main expected output of the seminar is a set of proposed actions and recommendations for different stakeholders in sustainably addressing the challenges posed to Caribbean economies by NCDs.


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Seminar on NCDs in the Caribbean
ECLAC Caribbean

The COVID-19 pandemic, primarily a public health shock, has triggered significant global economic repercussions, with profound negative impacts on Caribbean economies. As governments respond to the socioeconomic fallout of the pandemic, there is increasing evidence that COVID -19 disproportionately causes severe illness and death in persons with underlying health conditions that include non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer. Considering that the Caribbean records one of the highest prevalence of NCDs globally, the confluence of COVID -19 and NCDs presents not just a challenge of effectively managing a public health threat, but one of safeguarding the sustainable development of the subregion.

ECLAC Caribbean recently published a study on Addressing the adverse impacts of non-communicable diseases on the sustainable development of Caribbean countries, and produced a FOCUS
magazine on Noncommunicable Diseases and their Impact on Sustainable Development to stimulate policy debates and actions to address NCDs. This seminar is being organized to promote further dialogue on the
evidence-based policy recommendations addressed in these publications, to facilitate meaningful dialogue on the NCD challenge facing the Caribbean.

The seminar will bring together ministers and senior policymakers in the field of health, finance, planning, and sustainable development, from governments of the Caribbean. Officials of the United Nations system,
representatives of regional civil society organizations, academia, regional development institutions and international development partners will also be invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions,
as well as ECLAC staff.

Register here for the Twentieth meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee; and the Seminar on non-communicable diseases and their impact on sustainable development in the Caribbean.



  1. Opening of the seminar
  2. Non-Communicable Diseases and Sustainable Development: The COVID-19 Factor
  3. The Economics of Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
  4. Closure of the Seminar

Practical information

Please note that the meeting link will be shared with participants via email upon completion of registration.