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Medical Tourism Association®-OAS Partnership Striking at the Heart of the World’s Deadliest Diseases

Joint effort between Medical Tourism Association® and Organization of American States to support Global Ministerial Summit of World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, beginning next year in Orlando, Fla.

Washington, DC, August 28, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Non-communicable diseases, the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and a predicted $47 trillion cost to the global economy in the next 20 years, is the target of a new partnership designed to confront and reduce their long-term health consequences, the Medical Tourism Association® and the Organization of American States announced today.

The joint effort between the Medical Tourism Association® and Organization of American States will support the Conference of Non-Communicable Disease in the Americas, to be held annually in conjunction with the Global Ministerial Summit of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, beginning Sept. 22-30, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

“People in Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to live 30 years longer than they would have 40 years ago,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association®. “Despite this improvement in life expectancy, the region faces an increased threat from chronic disease, such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes.”

Stephano said non-communicable diseases kill more than 36 million people each year. Nearly 80 percent of those deaths – 29 million – occur in low- and middle-income countries. She said some 250 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean live with a non-communicable disease, representing a burden from which five times as many residents will die from chronic diseases than from all other illnesses combined.

“Because NCDs strike at the heart of the economy, killing nine million people before the age of 60, coming to terms with the health crisis and designating resources to tackle these diseases is imperative,” said Stephano. “In fact, non-communicable diseases in adult populations have surpassed communicable diseases in children as the leading cause of death in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The partnership between MTA and the OAS, which is comprised of 37 member countries, brings yet another important healthcare cause to the Global Ministerial Summit which is hosted by MTA each year as part of the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress and unites countries to share their nationwide programs to reduce NCDs and improve overall population health management.

Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States and Mexico, a speaker at the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, Sept. 20-24, 2014, in Washington, D.C., said cardiovascular disease accounts for most non-communicable disease deaths, followed by cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes. He said non-communicable diseases can be prevented by eliminating risk factors like smoking tobacco, alcohol abuse, obesity and malnutrition.

Stephano said the Medical Tourism Association® will work with OAS to develop solutions by increasing access to education and promoting health literacy in children, teens and parents through regional workshops and continuing medical education on non-communicable disease around the world, particularly in the Caribbean.

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress attracts some 3,000 key stakeholders and exhibitors from across the globe to share their experiences in an effort to identify and solve issues that have significant bearing on the industry. For a preliminary list of speakers, go to: http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/speakers_year/2014-speakers/

About the Medical Tourism Association®
The Medical Tourism Association® is the first membership-based international nonprofit trade organization for the medical tourism and healthcare industry made up of top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliates committed to promoting the highest level of quality healthcare to patients in a global environment. www.MedicalTourismAssociation.com

About the Organization of American States
The Organization of American States, the world’s oldest regional organization dating back to its establishment in 1948, brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the hemisphere. In addition, OAS has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU). The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development. www.oas.org
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