Health and Noncommunicable Diseases based on Healthy Island Vision - Side event, 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States, Samoa 2014
1 Sep 2014 - Ministry of Health, Samoa The sustainable development of Small Island Developing States is intricately connected to the good health and well-being of their people. Countries with small populations and/or limited skilled workforces are particularly vulnerable to the burden of diseases, and within the remit of the global increase of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The political leaders in health have declared NCDs a health and economic crisis and called for urgent actions and response. As highlighted in the Zero Draft Outcome Document, the burden and threat of NCDs constitutes one of the major challenges for sustainable development in the twenty first century in SIDS countries and territories. The Healthy Islands vision, endorsed by the Pacific Ministers for Health, could serve as a unifying theme and common approach for the SIDS countries to address this major burden, not only in the Pacific but beyond and help to respond to the Challenges and Actions requested as Outcome for the SIDS Conference.