In preparation for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), slated for September 19 and 20 in New York, the Commonwealth Secretariat, in association with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will host a two-day workshop for Caribbean journalists.

It takes place tomorrow, Friday, August 5, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and half-day on Saturday, August 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. The venue will be the office of PAHO, Dayrells Road, Christ Church.

The workshop is designed to sensitise journalists about the issue of chronic non-communicable diseases ahead of the upcoming session in September and will shed light on the risk factors, required policy changes and activities within the region.

Media persons will be given information to fuel the creation of practical story ideas and will receive training on how to sensitise and influence both policy makers and the public.

At the end of the exercise it is expected that participants will leave with a better understanding of CNCDs and their possible impact not only on the region, but the world. The seminar also aims to ensure that journalists are able to report on CNCDs in an increased capacity and that they would be equipped with the tools and resources to disseminate the necessary information.

Chronic non-communicable diseases are classified as diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. They are currently on the rise, accounting for over 35 million deaths per year and have now become the leading cause of death in almost every country across the world.

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