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Little island States to speed up action on preventable diseases, mental health

This follows a two-day meeting in Barbados hosted by the Government, WHO and the Pan American Health Corporation ( PAHO ), which concluded on Wednesday.   SIDS account for 10 of the nations with the highest prices of obesity worldwide.  

Crises fuelling disease 

Over half of all people living in small island countries are usually dying prematurely from preventable diseases and the rate of hypertension is over 30 per cent in nearly all countries, according to a new WHO data website.   Commercial drivers associated with NCDs also were talked about, such as trade agreements plus policies.   WHO said these measures influence the cost, availability and promotion associated with food products, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, which have contributed to the amazingly high levels of food low self-esteem and preventable diseases within the SIDS.   Interventions include the use of health taxation, incorporating health in to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, and maintaining NCD and mental wellness services during health events.  

Collaborating intended for change  

The meeting also noticed that small island claims are at the forefront of rolling out low-cost, high-impact solutions to reduce the most common risk factors of NCDs and mental health.   They also are on track to have the highest prevalence of diabetes among adults in the world, while rates of mental health conditions reach as high as 15 per cent in the Caribbean and the Pacific.  

Reducing the risk 

Recommendations include accelerating collaboration on earlier detection, prevention and management; strengthening health systems when confronted with the climate crisis as well as the COVID-19 pandemic; tackling unhealthy weight, and providing adequate, eco friendly financial and human resources with regard to NCDs and mental health.   “The climate problems and the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with poverty, unemployment, inequality as well as the marginalization of minority residential areas, are fuelling an increase in non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions, ” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the agency’s Director-General.   The situation is partially due to multiple overlapping crises affecting countries, WHO explained.   During the conference, participants identified key recommendations to scale up motion towards achieving a one-third reduction in premature mortality from NCDs and suicide, before 2030.  


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