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Authors
WHO/WPRO - World Health Organization Western Pacific Region, Healthy Islands and SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Title
Samoa Commitment: Achieving Healthy Islands: Conclusions and Recommendations
Description of Work
NLM Classification: WA 525
Imprint
WHO - World Health Organization, 2005, 26 pp
ISBN/ISSN
92 9061 205 3
Url
http://www.wpro.who.int/NR/rdonlyres/CE800376-BC67-45D6-A3B9-01EDDE4FCB7B/0 Samoa_Commitment_2005.pdf
Abstract

"The theme of the meeting, “Achieving Healthy Islands”, builds on the ideal envisioned a decade ago at the first meeting of the Ministers of Health for the Pacific Island Countries on Yanuca Island, Fiji. That vision has served as a unifying theme for health protection and health promotion in the Pacific and reflects the comprehensive and integrated approach to health that is a hallmark of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

It laid the foundation for meetings of the Ministers of Health that have followed every year. Those meetings and the ongoing work of health professionals, government ministries and donor partners have helped establish the Healthy Islands movement as a major public health force in the Pacific.

Three themes have emerged at all six meetings of the Ministers of Health: the predominant and growing burden of noncommunicable diseases; the lingering burden of infectious diseases and the dangers of their re-emergence; and the need to support health systems so that they can cope with this double burden of communicable and noncommunicable disease.

The Samoa meeting addressed all three areas."

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