Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States

1-4 September 2014
Apia, Samoa

The Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) will take place 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. As part of the extensive programme, the Government of Samoa is hosting a side event on noncommunicable diseases.

This Side Event will build on the major contributions SIDS are making, especially through partnerships, to global, regional and national efforts to achieve the agreed noncommunicable disease premature mortality reduction target of 25% by 2025 and the associated risk factor and health system targets.

Public health preparations

In preparation for the Conference, a national mass clean-up campaign to reduce mosquito breeding sites is on-going. This is in response to an ongoing outbreak of chikungunya.

Following reports of over 300 suspected and laboratory confirmed chikungunya cases since late July, WHO has been working closely with the Samoa Ministry of Health to assure a coordinated response to minimize transmission. An early warning system is in place to rapidly detect outbreaks and other potential health risks and to implement appropriate response and control measures.

Background

2014 is the International Year of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a year dedicated to drawing the world’s attention to SIDS and promoting actions aimed at achieving their sustainable development. The year includes the Third International Conference of SIDS that will take place 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa and will raise the profile of the SIDS by calling attention to their challenges, their unique cultural heritage and their contributions in the arts, culture, innovation and natural resource management among many other areas.

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