Prevent and control NCDs for healthy islands

Photo shows WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo (second from right) with (from left) UNDP Administrator Mrs Helen Clark, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Mailelegaoi and Samoa Minister of Health Tuitama Leao Dr Talalelei Tuitama.

1 September 2014 - The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) call on the international community to support SIDS by reducing trade in unhealthy products, encouraging healthy food and drink consumption, and ensuring the noncommunicable disease (NCD) goals and targets are central to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is “the Apia Challenge” presented as an outcome of NCD Side Event organized by Ministry of Health in Samoa with support from WHO, at the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

Fiji's schools teach healthy living

22 August 2014 - Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. It is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.

We need lawyers to help tackle the NCD crisis in Fiji

5 August 2014 - “Let us create a healthy, NCD free, Fiji – it can be done and legislation has a huge role to play in its achievement”. These were part of the opening remarks of the Fiji President, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the inaugural workshop on Noncommunicable disease (NCD) and law.

Healthy islands are tobacco free islands

11 July 2014 - Tobacco use is a major cause of preventable, premature death in many Pacific islands. To combat this scourge, WHO launched the Tobacco Free Pacific campaign today. The campaign will drive action to meet the goal the Pacific Ministers of Health adopted of a Tobacco Free Pacific (<5% adult tobacco use) for each Pacific Island country and territory by 2025.




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  • Apia Communiqué
    From the Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting, Apia Samoa, 2-4 July 2013


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WHO Multi-Country Cooperation Strategy for the Pacific 2013–2017 (MCCS)

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