Strategies will therefore be employed to address these gaps These include

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Strategies will therefore be employed to address these gaps. These include greater use of mobile clinics as well as the continued upgrade of District Health Facilities so that services are further decentralised through wider offerings at the district level. Improved access to health services also relates to ensuring that these services are relevant in meeting the health needs of all segments of the population. Consequently, based on available data, a needs assessment must be undertaken in order to determine critical demands for health services that are not adequately being met. This includes mental health diseases and preventative measures for rising HIV infection. Specific strategies for meeting these demands must also be devised. Goal 5: The people of Trinidad and Tobago will be empowered to lead healthy lifestyles The Government of Trinidad and Tobago must immediately address the rising level of lifestyle diseases ranging from heart disease to obesity, hypertension and cancer. The short term focus will therefore be on empowerment through awareness and the implementation of programmes that enhance knowledge about the benefits of healthy foods and food preparation as well as fitness. The intention is to provide the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago with sufficient information to make decisions beneficial to the health of themselves and their families. Goal 6: The family will be protected and supported As the most immediate and basic social institution, it is paramount that the family unit be restored as the primary socialisation agent. In the short term, protection of the family has become essential in light of rising family challenges such as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, child abuse and gang-related activity. Special emphasis will be placed on providing support for single-headed households. A multifaceted and multi-disciplinary approach will be utilised, involving greater cooperation and coordination among those agencies that tackle these issues. This combined approach will involve key stakeholders such as public sector agencies, civil society and religious bodies. New and existing programmes will be geared towards educating and promoting caring, tolerance, problem-solving and other essential skills required for the development of stable family structures. Strategic Initiatives/Actions 5.1 Promote preventative health care Government will disseminate information on healthy lifestyle choices, including: Health and nutrition; fitness; HIV infection; road safety; non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity; dental health; mental well-being; smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes; and environmental health. Key stakeholders will be engaged in the process and their contribution sustained. Health policies will be formulated to ensure that healthy foods and drinks are sold in public buildings such as schools and health facilities.
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