EDLAC cover ENOn Thursday, 29 September 2016, at 6:00 p.m. EST, PAHO will launch the new publication Economic Dimensions of Noncommunicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the side events during the 55th Directing Council. The event will available to watch on social media channels.

NCDs are a major threat to the economic growth and developmental potential of nations, particularly low- and middle-income countries. The new book offers relevant information about how NCDs contribute to economic development and makes a case for greater investments in the prevention and control of chronic conditions.

The book recommends specific, concrete actions and calls for an all-of-society approach to address NCDs as both an urgent economic concern and a development issue. The main objective is to influence NCD policies, program design, and resource allocation at the regional and country level.

Information to connect

  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 pm. - 7:30 pm., Washington D.C. time (see here the time in your zone)
  • Place: Room B, PAHO/WHO Headquarters
  • Broadcast on social media channels:


  • Welcome remarks. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director, PAHO
  • Overview of the publication Economic Dimensions of Noncommunicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • PAHO perspectives: Dr. Anselm Hennis, Director of the Department on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO
    • World Bank perspectives: Dr. Andre Medici, Senior Health Economist, World Bank
  • Commentary from Member States:
    • Canada: Dr. Rachel Rodin, Scientific Director and Senior Medical Advisor, Public Health Agency of Canada
    • Chile: Dr. Cristian Herrera, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Health
  • Discussion with the audience

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