Presentation on theme: "CARMEN Policy Observatory and Dialogue Proposal Presentation to the CARMEN Directing Board Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico 30 June 2003."— Presentation transcript:
CARMEN Policy Observatory and Dialogue Proposal Presentation to the CARMEN Directing Board Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico 30 June 2003
2 Key Challenges for CARMEN Bring NCD prevention to the forefront of the discussion on social and economic policy development Facilitate and support national NCD policy
3 CARMEN as an Action-Oriented Initiative Main levels of action for a public health approach for NCD Policy Community Health Services
4 CARMEN as a repository of intervention knowledge Focus on evaluation Pool and wealth of intervention knowledge at the 3 levels of action To be further evaluated and exploited Learning about good practices Potential Platform for NCD Policy Research Provides access to expertise in policy research and to channels for NCD delivery of policies and programs among countries.
5 CARMEN as a Network Readily available dissemination channel on lessons learned among countries Case stories from demonstration areas can be used To raise visibility / profile To obtain political and public support
6 Roadblocks facing CARMEN Lack of political support for NCD prevention Less than 50% of WHO Member States have established national NCD prevention policies and plans Less than 40% for the Americas
7 Ref: Assessment of National Capacity for Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control. WHO 2002
9 Health Canada, through its WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Policy facilitated 2 comparative studies (1994 and 2000) on policy development and implementation processes. 27 CINDI countries and 3 CARMEN countries participated Results provide useful guidance on policy gaps and challenges
10 Some key findings: Strategic issues to be addressed by CINDI/CARMEN Increased focus on population approaches Better marketing of NCD programs Case studies should be better exploited as advocacy tools Challenge of moving from demonstrations to countrywide, and to integrate into national health systems Untapped opportunities for CINDI and CARMEN as research observatories for best practices Potential of CINDI and CARMEN as linkage agents with other health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.
CARMEN Policy Observatory Proposal Joint initiative between the WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Policy (Canada) and PAHO
12 Building on investments and experience to date… WHO Collaborative Centre on NCD Policy Prior policy comparative studies Qualitative research expertise Ongoing NCD policy working group for CINDI centres.
13 Policy Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean PAHO / WHO Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Member States Academic Institutions NGOs, etc. Provide a knowledge base and analytical support to policy-makers Comparative NCD policy analysis Bridge between evidence and policy makers’ needs Develop tools and practical recommendations POTENTIAL PARTNERS AIM
14 Why a Policy Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean? Common NCD Policy Challenges across the region Scarce evidence on the actual effectiveness of NCD policies Ideology-rich but knowledge poor Available information lacks relevance for policy-makers and agencies
15 Goals of the Observatory Support and promote evidence-based health policy making through comprehensive analysis of NCD policy development and implementation processes Expand the necessary technical capabilities for NCD policy analysis and evaluation in the Region to provide evidence base to support decision making process Bring NCD prevention at the forefront of policy discussions and increase visibility and political support
16 Key Objectives To facilitate the introduction of policies for the prevention of NCDs in government and social development programs To technically improve the formulation and implementation of NCD policies To boost technical capacity in the countries e.g. analysis and evaluation of public policies for the prevention of NCD in Latin America and the Caribbean
17 Key Objectives To generate relevant information for the design, formulation, and implementation of public policies for the prevention of NCDs To adopt and adapt methodologies for policy analysis in the Region to facilitate their frequent use in decision-making To promote the formulation of policies that advocate NCD prevention in the Region To facilitate technical cooperation among countries
NCD Policy Observatory Clearinghouse Dissemination Policy Analysis Monitoring Training
19 Activities & Products Country Information & Monitoring NCD Policy Profiles for Countries in the Region Clearinghouse Collection and classification of scientific and “grey” information on key policy issues and individual country experiences
20 Activities & Products Analytical studies on NCD Policies Cross-country sub regional comparisons through case studies and qualitative research Dissemination Activities Websites Publication Policy forums Training
21 A First Step Case studies of Public policies aimed at prevention and control of the most important risk factors for NCDs such as smoking, nutrition and physical inactivity Establishment of a technical working group with interested countries Timetable Completion of case studies by end of 2004
22 Next Steps Expand to other networks, e.g. CINDI Additional themes for analysis Dissemination, publications, web- based tools Policy dialogues / forums, etc.