People Living With NCDs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by HCC

People Living With NCDs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is implementing a regional research project to document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on People Living with Noncommunicable Diseases (PLWNCDs) in order to generate evidence to inform advocacy for NCD policies and improved services for PLWNCDs.

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The new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused illness and loss of life in countries around the world. It has resulted in disruptions in many aspects of life at national, regional, and global levels, and national health systems have not been spared. Studies have shown that people living with PLWNCDs are at higher risk of serious illness, complications, and death due to COVID-19. A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) survey of over 155 countries globally, including 14 Caribbean countries, revealed considerable disruptions in health services for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), raising serious concerns that many PLWNCDs have not received the health services and medicines they need since the beginning of the pandemic.

NCDs, such as cardiovascular disease (including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke), cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease (including asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease), are the major causes of death in the Caribbean. In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, most Caribbean countries stopped movement across their borders, instituted national curfews to restrict movement, and closed or put restrictions on a wide variety of businesses and services, including several related to health. These measures, and fear of contracting COVID-19, have affected many people, including PLWNCDs, in various ways.

Aims & objectives

The overall aim of this project is to document the experiences of PLWNCDs in CARICOM countries and territories during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following key areas will be examined:

  1. Access to healthy and nutritious food and dietary quality
  2. Continuity of care and access to essential medicines and life-saving treatment
  3. Mental health and coping
  4. Physical activity
  5. Information, education, and communication
  6. Perspectives on what is needed from governments and civil society in the future

The results will be used to advocate for changes in regional and national approaches to NCD prevention and control and make recommendations to accelerate implementation of the proven, effective interventions for NCD reduction in the Caribbean.

Process and timelines

The survey will be distributed with the help of local telecommunications providers in each territory, who have agreed to send an SMS to all their customers, inviting them to participate. The survey will also be disseminated through HCC’s regional network of civil society organizations operating at country level in 20 Caribbean countries and territories.

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