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Caribbean leaders praised over NCDs fight
Leaders in the Caribbean have been praised at a United Nations summit for being among the first to instigate political commitment to the ongoing fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Qatar’s Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the session, said: “I want to pay tribute to CARICOM, particularly for ensuring that the response to NCDs has now been placed at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate poverty and to improve health.
“The CARICOM countries have taken a strong leadership role in giving a voice to the challenges faced by the millions of people with NCDs living in low- and middle-income countries around the world.”
Health ministers and other high-level representatives from Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname were present at an event organised by CARICOM called The Caribbean Takes Stock, which ran along the sidelines of the main UN event.
Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said: “We have to take a multisector approach. We have to involve every single entity, every single area of endeavour, including the public sector and the private sector, and work together to see how we can help our societies overcome the threat of NCDs.”