Noncommunicable Disease and Poverty: The Need for Pro-poor Strategies in the Western Pacific Region - A Review


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details

Publication date: 2007
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 978 92 9061 234 6
Number of pages: 83



This publication is an initial contribution towards a better understanding of the links between poverty and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Western Pacific Region. It forms part of a family of resources being developed in this Region on the theme of poverty and NCDs. This monograph is a review of available literature on this subject from within and outside the Region. Other initiatives include a learning module on NCDs under the series Integrating Poverty and Gender into Health Programmes: A Sourcebook for Health Professionalsand a multi-country study on the associations between NCD risk factors and socioeconomic indicators.Based on a review of the available literature, this monograph explores the links between poverty and NCDs with particular reference to the Western Pacific Region. It aims to stimulate discussion on the relationship between poverty and NCDs, contribute to the reduction of the impact of NCDs in developing countries, and foster an understanding of how to improve health outcomes for the poor or socially marginalized groups with NCDs.