Population Services International-Caribbean (PSI-C) intended to implement a 2-year pilot project from 2015 to address the four main Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) that affect Trinidad (cardiovascular disease (CD), diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease (CRD)) using a multi-pronged approach to achieve key behaviour change among youth (age 10-19), their families and other influencers by reducing the behavioural risk factors associated with each of these diseases: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical activity and harmful use of alcohol.
In order to implement this pilot project, PSI-C, with support from the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust 1 contracted the part-time services of Dr Renée West, Public Health Consultant for a period April to February 2016. This report details the findings of this consultancy.
Consultancy overall goal:
To provide a landscape analysis in support of the development of pilot plan whose aim is to reduce unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, related to the development of NCDs, in youth in Trinidad.
- To identify local policies and initiatives in NCD prevention.
- To identify current, and future possible, collaborators/stakeholders.
- To gain an insight into behavioural risk factors and social determinants in the target population.
- To develop a pilot project focusing on NCD prevention in youth incorporating best practices and lessons learned.