Noncommunicable diseases in the Pacific

Overview of NCDs in the Pacific

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are a crisis in the Pacific. They are the leading causes of death in the region; Leaders in the Pacific have committed to addressing the NCD crisis and governments and communities are taking action.

WHO has supported Pacific islands to develop “crisis response packages” (CRPs) which are action plans aligned with national NCD strategies and guided by local data and the very cost effective interventions or “best-buy” interventions recommended by WHO. Most countries prioritized the following strategies in their CRPs:

  • tobacco control,
  • salt reduction, and
  • implementing the Package of Essential NCD interventions to improve and expand NCD prevention and control in primary health care facilities.