The following list is part of the technical documents published by the members of the Inter American Task-Force on NCDs on the different topics related to NCDs and Mental Health.
The documents are organized by organization. Click on the name of the organization to display the corresponding list.
Moving the needle: mental health stories from around the world (2018)
Making Mental Health a Global Priority (2016)
Lancet Commentary: Time for mental health to come out of the shadows [pdf] (2016)
Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health A Global Development Priority (2016)
Summary Report: Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority [pdf] (2016)
Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to fourfold return (2016)
World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior (2015)
Healing Minds, Changing Lives: A Movement for Community-Based Mental Health
Care in Peru. Delivery Innovations in a Low-Income Community, 2013-2016
Each year in the Americas currently noncommunicable diseases (NCD) are responsible for 4.5 million deaths; thirty-five percent of these deaths occurred prematurely in people under 70 years of age. Given the urgent need for a multisectoral response to the NCD burden, and to engage with relevant government sectors beyond health, the Inter-American Task Force on NCDs was established.
The Working Group promotes collaboration between the various sectors of government in the Americas to provide a comprehensive response in achieving the pdf Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Americas from 2013 to 2019 . Participating agencies include: the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Organization of American States (OAS), including the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and the Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation Agriculture (IICA), the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank. Through this alliance we will leverage our expertise, resources, and regional priority to provide more and better cooperation on NCDs and their risk factors through a more integrated approach.
The global and regional goals and targets for NCDs can only be achieved through coordinated multisectoral action. The health system will be an obvious role in protecting the health of the population, but synergies with policies, plans and programs are also needed in other sectors of government, including public policies for universal health coverage and social protection, incentives to increase production and availability of healthy foods, to educate children about healthy eating and physical activity, and urban planning that promotes public spaces for recreation and physical activity. They also include the legislation and regulations that reduce the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, salt, sugar and trans fats - low cost solutions that are considered NCD "best buys".
The Inter-American Working Group on NCDs will support countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with policy advice, technical assistance, resource mobilization and capacity building in order to reduce premature mortality from NCDs. With this working group, we will stimulate a coordinated and harmonized response across the region to achieve the goals of the Regional Action Plan for NCDs.
Specifically, the Inter-American Task Force on NCDs will:
- Align the relevant activities and strategies of individual Inter-American organizations and associated international institutions and agencies to support Member States in implementing actions to prevent and control NCDs;
- Enhance harmonization of interagency efforts to strengthen the national capacities for NCD policies and programs;
- Facilitate the optimal deployment of resources, collaboration, networking and exchange of information among the organizations of the Inter-American system and associated international institutions and agencies to support Member States in the prevention and control of NCDs; and
- Coordinate with the multi-sector NCD actions of related UN, WHO and PAHO initiatives, including the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs, the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs, and the achievement of the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to ensure complementarity of purpose and optimal use of resources.
What is the Inter-American Task Force on NCDs?
The Task Force is a strategic alliance of Inter-American organizations and associated international institutions and agencies led by the Pan American Health Organization, to promote the prevention and control of NCDs in the Americas through collaboration across various sectors of government. The Task Force will facilitate a comprehensive response at the regional, sub-regional, and national levels, and aim to achieve the goals outlined in the regional Plan of Action on the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2019.
Members of the Task Force
The Inter-American Task Force on NCDs aims to:
- Align the relevant NCD activities of individual Inter-American organizations and associated international institutions and agencies to support Member States in implementing actions to prevent and control NCDs.
- Harmonize interagency efforts to strengthen the national capacities for NCD policies and programs, within the mandates of the individual agencies of the Task Force.
- Facilitate the optimal deployment of resources, collaboration, networking, and exchange of information among the organizations of the Inter-American system and associated international institutions and agencies to support Member States in the prevention and control of NCDs.
- Coordinate the regional multisector NCD actions with related global initiatives, to ensure complementarity of purpose and optimal use of resources, and to contribute to the NCD-related targets included within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Reinforcing collaboration and knowledge across government sectors to reduce the burden of NCDs and their risk factors, while promoting healthier communities and environments.
- Sharing information. experiences and best practices to prevent and control NCDs.
Why is it important
In the Americas, NCDs are responsible for 5.2 million deaths each year, and hundreds of millions more live with an NCD and require on-going care. NCDs have a debilitating impact on individuals, labor force, health systems, and social and economic development. NCDs can be prevented if all stakeholders take part in creating multi-sectoral policies and programs to promote health and to improve health care. This Task Force brings together the capacity and expertise of partner organizations working with different government sectors to reduce the burden of NCDs in the Region of the Americas.
Review a selection of technical resources and publications on NCDs and Mental Health published by the organizations that are part of the IATF on NCDs.
This is the list of the most relevant documents related to the work of the Inter American Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases
- pdf Inter-American Task Force on NCDs Declaration of Commitment
- Inter-American Task Force on NCDs Terms of Reference (forthcoming)
- Inter-American Task Force on NCDs Plan of Work 2013-2019 (forthcoming)
- pdf NCDs in the Americas: All Sectors of society can help solve the problem
- pdf NCDs in the Americas: Quick facts and figures