Combined approach designed to serve the region

The joint SPC/WHO 2-1-22 approach on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) responds to priorities identified by Pacific Island countries and territories at key regional meetings. Directly serving the 22 countries of the region, SPC has taken steps with WHO to ensure a harmonised approach to implementing the programme. The two organisations have developed a joint implementation workplan, governance and management arrangements, and monitoring and evaluation procedures.


Guidance for this approach came out of the Pacific Ministers of Health Meetings jointly convened by WHO and SPC, annual meetings of SPC’s governing body (CRGA), the Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting (Nadi 2007), the Pacific Ministers of Education Meeting in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Nadi 2007), the Pacific workshop on tobacco control (Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2007), the Pasifika Medical Association Conference (Samoa 2007), and the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting (Tonga 2007). Consultations were also held during regional workshops and in country planning meetings in 2007 and 2008.

As NCDs are the single largest cause of death and morbidity in most Pacific island countries and territories (PICTS),  resources will be needed to sustain activities over the longer term. SPC is currently funded by the Australian and New Zealand Governments to promote NCDs plans up to 2011.

SPC believes it is crucial that PICTs acknowledge their role in the fight against NCDs and take advantage of the support provided by the 2-1-22 programme. The countries will need to develop and resource their own national programmes because it is at the national level that the battle against NCDs will be won.

Annual progress reports on the programme will be submitted to Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and will also be posted on this website. For more information, please contact the NCD team:

SPC contact:

Dr Viliami Puloka, Section Head,
Healthy Pacific Lifestyle Section
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
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Ph. 687 26 20 00
687 26 09 52 (direct)
Fax: 687 26 38 18

WHO contact:

Dr Temo K. Waqanivalu
Nutrition & Physical Activity Officer
World Health Organization -
South Pacific Office
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Ph: 679-323 4100 / 323 4127 (direct)
Fax: 679-323 4166