Country-Level Decision Making for Control of Chronic Diseases - Workshop Summary


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A 2010 IOM report, Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World, found that not only is it possible to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and related chronic diseases in developing countries, but also that such a reduction will be critical to achieving global health and development goals. One key step to achieving this outcome is to identify practical ways to assist low- and middle-income countries in improving control of chronic diseases through the approaches that are led by a country’s decision makers and stakeholders and that will be most appropriate, effective, and feasible based on a country’s circumstances.
As part a series of follow-up activities to the 2010 report, the IOM planned a workshop to explore ideas and opportunities for supporting country-specific assessment of resource needs and planning of resource allocation for chronic diseases as part of the broader process of priority setting, decision making, and planning. The workshop, held in July 2011, aimed to identify what is needed to create tools for country-led planning of effective, efficient, and equitable provision of programs to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic diseases. This document summarizes the workshop.