|Status as at June 2019||Inactive|
|Country||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Name||Trinidad & Tobago Partners Forum for Chronic NonCommunicable Diseases (PAFCNCD)|
|Date of first meeting||September 2011|
|Date of last meeting||May 2013; The Partners Forum completed its term and a new PF has not yet been appointed|
|Number of meetings over past 12 months||Meetings are held monthly. Members are not paid a stipend|
|Chairperson’s name||None at present|
|Duration of tenure||-|
|Mandate/Scope of work||Advocacy, advise on policy / legislation / programmes, implementation of programmes, monitoring and evaluation. There is no explicit mandate for research or resource mobilization or for review of quality of hospital NCD services.|
|Terms of reference||No|
|Conflict of interest policy||No|
|Code of ethics||No|
|Standard operating procedures||No|
|NNCDC strategic plan/plan of action||Yes|
|Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other)||-|
|Membership and Personnel||2 ex-officio and 20 members|
|Government sector membership and level of representation||Bureau of Standards, Ministries of Consumer Affairs, Trade, Agriculture and Education.|
|Civil society membership and level of representation||University of the West Indies, Women’s groups, Sports groups, Faith-based organizations, Trade Union, Health NGOs.|
|Private sector membership and level of representation||Private health sector, Health insurance, Employers Consultative Assoc.|
|Ex officio members||NCD Focal Point and the Health Promotion Officer.|
|Secretariat exists? If so, please give date of establishment||No|
|Full-time human resources/functions||No|
|Part-time human resources/functions||No|
|Main functions (advisory, accountability, strategic planning, project/programme implementation, other)||-|
|Main areas of interventions for NCDs and NCD risk factors||-|
|Other health issues that the NCD/Wellness Commission /Wellness Coordinating Mechanism addresses||-|
|It has indirect relations with mental health and HIV/AIDS through the Ministry of Health|
|Framework(s) of reference (national policy, strategy or plan; international plans/strategies)||-|
|Focus of interventions (legislation, taxation, policy development, project/programme development, project/programme implementation, capacity building, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, other)||-|
|Work groups/subcommittees/task forces and their functions||-|
|Accountability mechanisms (periodicity of monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and to whom; financial accountability mechanisms)||The PAFNCD has produced an annual report and sub-committees report quarterly|
|How were these challenges overcome?
|Partnerships, technical cooperation (TC) – please summarize partners and relevant TC areas||None|
|Main source(s) of funding and approximate percentage of funding from each source||None|
|Indicative annual budget (USD)||None|
|Resource mobilisation, main areas||None|
|Mechanisms for sustainability||None|
The Partners Forum for NCDs (analogous body to NCD Commission) received personnel and budgetary support from the Ministry of Health and has its own strategic plan. Trinidad & Tobago is a relatively large (1.2 million) high-income country yet their Partners Forum has had several challenges in seeking to become established as a sustainable mechanism for effecting multisectoral action. Several sub-committees have been established to report to the Partners Forum and the view has been expressed that these subcommittees are not sufficiently action oriented, are possibly ‘trying to do too much for too many’ and need to have greater focus and direction. Recent reports indicate that the Forum has not been officially constituted for the past 2 years but many of the issues prioritised by the Forum when it was officially functioning are nevertheless being carried out.
Despite the absence of an officially functioning Forum (analogous body to NCD Commission), two activities aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles have been recognised: Caribbean Wellness Day and Ciclovia/Streets for Wellness.
There is a high level of involvement with celebrations of Caribbean Wellness Day carried out annually in Trinidad & Tobago. Insurance companies, banks and the oil and gas industry also organize celebrations. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Health and supplemented by private corporations.
From 2008 to present, a private Sports Goods retailer has led a community-based initiative every Sunday from 6am to 9am, blocking streets to facilitate physical activity. It is a truly multisectoral initiative: led by private sector champions; sponsored by private health insurance company; provided with logistics by the Police and ambulance services; and generally supported by Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health.
Two kilometres of the Diego Martin Highway are blocked to vehicular traffic each Sunday morning, to allow the community to use the highway to walk, ride, skate, and includes a Physical Activity class. Research has shown that knowledge of the Ciclovia and having ever participated was positively associated with achieving the recommended amount of physical activity per week. Community members give favourable account of the resulting community cohesion, and its positive impact on their own physical fitness and mental health.