COVID-19 is compounding the Pacific’s non- communicable disease crisis

Health experts were quick to identify that persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart diseases, hypertension, chronic lung diseases and cancers were more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19.

Now available: Handbook on Pacific healthy dietary guidelines for people with diabete

The Pacific Community (SPC) has published a handbook on Pacific healthy dietary guidelines for people with diabetes, which is intended for health professionals and educators who provide health advice on nutrition and dietetic interventions for people…

Wake Up! 2018: Engaging Pacific youth in efforts to control NCDs

The goal of the Wake up! project is to get younger generations involved in efforts to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by providing them with an opportunity to speak out on this topic through the media and the arts. Following the project’s…

Graphic Design Contest launched to raise NCD awareness

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji through the Wake Up! Project are launching a graphic design contest for youth from the Pacific to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)…

Why the Pacific is taking an integrated approach to climate change and NCDs

The Island nations of the Pacific region are a community encompassing many unique traditions, cultures and experiences. These generally small island nations are spread across one the largest and most important regions on Earth. With small populations…

Nutritionists develop action plan to promote healthy diet and lifestyles in the Pacific

A Nutrition Workshop, hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC), took place from 28-30 November in Nadi, Fiji. Nutritionists from 20 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), together with development partners and other stakeholders gathered to…

World Diabetes Day 2017 - Statement by the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga

On 14 November, the Pacific Community (SPC) joins the world in commemorating World Diabetes Day (WDD). The theme of WDD 2017 is ‘Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future’. This year’s campaign promotes the importance of affordable and equitable…

Rendez-vous in Rome

A view of St Peter’s Square at the Vatican City. Photo by DAVID ILIFF The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) is taking this week, bringing climate change issues to the forefront of global…

Training session on collecting and analysing non-communicable disease (NCD) health data

This week the Pacific Community (SPC) Public Health Division has held a training session in Papeete to help health promotion workers from Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Vanuatu learn how to collect and analyse non-communicable…
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