Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases Framework

Health and Wellness

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), like many regions around the world, health and wellness are the basis for a productive society and vital components for a prosperous economy. PAHO Foundation (the Foundation) works to improve health and wellness outcomes in the region by working with instrumental partners to identify challenges and implement long-term, impactful solutions. Cross-sectoral partnerships emphasize how more can be achieved by working collaboratively towards a central goal.

Women’s Cancers

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Americas, and there is a crucial need for response across all sectors in the region. The Foundation is committed to reducing cancer incidence and mortality by improving access to cost-effective cancer screening, early diagnosis, and treatment. The Foundation continually seeks partners who are dedicated to the fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region. 

Phase 1

Adolescent Health

LAC has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the hemisphere. This leads to poor quality of life and associated long-term negative health impacts on adolescents, especially young women. The Foundation has united with influential partners to advance an initiative designed to improve access, quality, and outcomes of care for adolescents as well as engage communities in the prevention of early pregnancy. The Foundation’s commitment to improving adolescent health, especially for young women, supports our belief that investments in women will positively impact entire communities.


The rapid explosion of type 2 diabetes cases in the LAC region over the last decade has resulted in a dramatic increase of crippling health and economic burdens across the population. The Foundation’s multisector approach to this problem underscores the complex system of influences and impacts of diabetes and other NCDs. Working with expert partners, the Foundation is tackling the urgent need for better education and awareness and prevention and care strategies that will lead to sustainable improvements in health and quality of life. 

NCDs signify the rapid growth of burdens to the health and economy of the region. Many NCDs can be prevented or controlled through targeted services and multisectoral activities. The Foundation stresses the vital need to increase awareness and resources to scale up NCD prevention and control methods to not only decrease the economic burden and costs, but to increase overall health outcomes of the people of the Americas. The Foundation works to achieve true multisector partnerships that reflect the determinants of prevention inside and outside the health sector to increase investment in prevention. For additional information on the Foundation's work with non-communicable diseases, please contact our Programs department at