World Health Day 2016:

Together on the front lines against diabetes

In the Western Pacific Region alone, it is estimated that 131 million people (8.4% prevalence) were living with diabetes in 2014.

​On World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region stands with all Member States and partners to renew its commitment to advance the understanding of diabetes and calls on all communities across the Region to work together to effectively manage and prevent the disease. 

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Download the World Health Day Call to Action on Diabetes (40KB)


SPC and WHO Pacific Framework for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

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Action Plans for NCDs

As well as the Pacific NCD Roadmap, many organisations and ministries have their own strategic plans for addressing NCD’s. For individual countries NCD plans please visit our ‘useful links’ section, which will direct you to the country of interest.

The World Health Organisation and Secretariat of the Pacific Community work in collaboration to provide technical assistance and strengthen national capacity in reducing modifiable risk factors for NCDs. 

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Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs (2014-2020)


​Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Pacific Islands Permanent Missions at the UN, Pacific Ministers of Health, 

Pacific Island Countries and Territories.​​​

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Click on the links above to learn more about action the Pacific NCD Network is currently undertaking to help address these risk factors throughout the Pacific.

Pacific Risk Factors for NCDs

The Pacific has outpaced the world in mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Globally, it is estimated that NCDs will cause 70% of the disease burden by 2020. In the Pacific, today, NCDs already cause 75% of deaths, and indications are that NCD-related mortality and morbidity are rising. The health care costs related to these diseases is formidable, with as much as 60% of the health care budgets in some Pacific Island countries and areas going towards expensive, overseas care. In addition, NCDs contribute to the burden of poverty and retard national development by impeding workforce productivity.

Common risk factors underlie NCDs. Globalization and urbanization bring with it unhealthy lifestyles and environmental changes that make communities susceptible to tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity.

These underlying risk factors give rise to intermediate risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose, abnormal lipid profiles and obesity. In turn, the intermediate risk factors predispose individuals to the “fatal four” NCDs– cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Every one of the risk factors for these diseases, singly or in combination, is preventable.


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