NCDs in the Americas: Awareness, Access, Action
September 30, 2014 - Venue: Hall of the Americas of the OAS - 17th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington DC
Sponsorship Opportunities

According to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010, people in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are expected to live 30 years longer than they would have 40 years ago. Despite this improvement in life expectancy, people in the region face an increased threat from chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes. In 2010, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adults surpassed communicable diseases in children as the leading cause of death in LAC. It is estimated that approximately 250 million people in the region live with an NCD. In the Caribbean alone, the burden of NCDs has escalated to the point that five times as many people are dying from chronic diseases than from all other illnesses combined.

Since NCDs strike at the heart of the economy, affecting people under the age of 60 primarily, it is crucial that the region come to terms with this health crisis and designate resources to tackling these diseases. According to a joint study by the World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health, it is estimated that NCDs will cost the world economy $47 trillion over the next 20 years, representing 75 percent of global GDP and surpassing the cost of the global financial crisis. In 2009 at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, OAS Member States stated their commitment to addressing the burden of NCDs on the economies of the Americas, "…through the promotion of comprehensive and integrated preventive and control strategies at the individual, family, community, national and regional levels and through collaborative programmes, partnerships and policies supported by governments, the private sector, the media, civil society organisations, communities and relevant regional and international partners."

It is in this context that the OAS and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago have convened the Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases in the Americas at the Headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. To support this initiative, we invite you to consider one of the partnership opportunities listed below:

If you are interested in being a sponsor or have any questions about Conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Shelly Dass-Clarke
Senior Advisor
Office of the Assistant Secretary General
[email protected]

Kaanita Shah
Second Secretary/Alternate Representative
Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago/
Permanent Mission to the OAS
Tel: 202-467-6490 ext. 1018
Email: [email protected]

  • Special recognition as an EVENT PARTNER
  • Speaking opportunity during the Conference
  • Premium signage during the conference
  • Logo exhibited prominently on Conference invitations, agenda and information package
  • Media mention in all statements and releases on the conference.


  • Special Recognition as an EVENT SUPPORTER
  • Select signage on prominent displays during the conference.
  • Logo exhibited prominently on Conference invitations, agenda and information package
  • Media mention in all statements and releases on the Conference.
  • Recognition as an EVENT CONTRIBUTOR
  • Select signage on prominent displays during the conference.
  • Media mention in all statements and releases on the Conference.

1. Latin Americans live longer, but not healthier, lives, September 4, 2013
2. Economic Impact of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Caribbean, Dr. Shiyan Chao, The World Bank, Caribbean Health Financial Conference, Jamaica, November 12-14, 2013.
3. NCDs in Latin America and the Caribbean, April 2012, GBCHealth.
4. The NCD Action Network 2014: Focus on Children & Adolescents, April 2, 2014
5. The Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs. Children, Adolescents and Youth: Doing What Needs To Be Done, Adopted by Acclamation on 21 March 2014
6. Youth Appeal at NCDs Conference in Trinidad, Valdeen Shears.