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About the Plan

Introduction to the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases (NSP NCD).

The National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases (NSP NCD) outlines the strategic direction for the response to Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Trinidad and Tobago (TTO), and the strategic outcomes that partners from government, private sector, and civil society will be engaged to collaborate towards their achievement over the period 2017-2021. This plan is in alignment with the national development strategy of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), which acknowledges that multiple factors and social determinants combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities including inter alia, where people live, work, play, the environment, genetics, income, education, and relationship with friends and family. It utilises key approaches to population health and development including primary health care, universal health coverage, standards of care, integrated management, the Health in All Policies (HiAP), and multisectoral approaches which involve the whole of government (WOG) and whole of society (WOS).

In order to address the varied determinants of health, many of which are outside of the health sector, the plan embraces the following core principles:

  • Prevention-focus
  • Equity
  • Inclusiveness
  • People centred
  • Evidence-based & results-driven
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The NSP NCD is guided by several international and regional frameworks and declarations, which inform the strategic approach adopted in the plan to address our national NCD situation and local determinants of health. These include: