23 May 2016

Pacific struggling in battle against NCDs

8:28 am on 23 May 2016

The Pacific Community (SPC) says a new approach is needed to try and rein in the region's non-communicable disease (NCD) crisis.

Seventy five percent of all deaths in the Pacific are NCD-related and this has even been linked to the decline in life expectancy in some countries.

SPC Director-General, Colin Tukuitonga.

SPC Director-General, Colin Tukuitonga. Photo: Pacificwomen.org

The Director General of the SPC said countries are not doing enough to combat the epidemic.

Colin Tukuitonga said he hopes a summit in Tonga next month will strengthen the response to non-communicable diseases.

"In many small islands at least half the population have diabetes or pre-diabetes, obesity rates remain high. Smoking rates continue to be climbing and so we are not making the kind of impact that we need to make."

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