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Trinidad gets IDB loan to aid non-communicable diseases fight

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 10:28 AM

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has approved a US$110 million loan for Trinidad and Tobago to prevent and control risk factors of chronic diseases among adults and primary and secondary school students.



The Washington-based financial institution says the programme will strengthen the delivery of integrated primary care services; implement behavior change programs and policies; improve health information management practices; and ensure adequate human resources for health.



The project will contribute to reducing by 10 per cent, the mortality rate caused by common chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory illness, which currently account for 60 per cent of all deaths in the twin island republic.



The programme also aims to reduce by five per cent, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among primary school children.



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