6 Sep 2016

Wallis and Futuna scale up battle against NCDs

10:01 am on 6 September 2016

To stem the non-communicable diseases crisis in Wallis and Futuna, community leaders intend declaring public community areas smoke-free.

Wallis & Futuna

Wallis & Futuna Photo: AFP

They also plan to cultivate gardens to promote the consumption of healthy local foods, while sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol will be excluded from community gatherings.

These are among the outcomes of the first-ever joint mission to Wallis and Futuna by the Pacific Community (SPC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to support the national health agency's efforts to scale-up action on NCDs.

Over 42 percent of adults in the territory use tobacco regularly, while hypertension affects more than 34 percent of adults - the second highest rate in the Pacific.

Last week's mission by the SPC and WHO centred on building support for a multi-sectoral approach to addressing NCDs.

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