New Session: Healthy Island-Healthy Peoples: Examining Health Promotion Programs and NCDs in the Pacific
Organizer: Fepulea‘i Micah Van der Ryn Friday
February 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Orchid 1
Discussion of any aspect of health promotion and NCD prevention programs, and the related issues in Pacific Islands is invited for this informal session. The Healthy Islands, Healthy People is a strategic health approach adopted by Pacific Ministers of Health in 1995 in the Yanuca Islands Declaration on health in the Pacific in the 21st Century, and has been further developed and applied by various Pacific Islands Health Ministries and agencies such as the South Pacific Commission and the W.H.O. Pacific Regional offices. While this health strategy with its holistic approach seems to be ideal, the reality is that eight of the top ten most obese countries in the world are now in the Pacific, and the Pacific now has some of the highest prevalence of associated NCDs, such as Type 2 Diabetes. The epidemic of obesity and NCD is a recent phenomenon of several decades of globalization and increased reliance on market economies, imported food and wage labor. How are Pacific Island governments and communities addressing this situation? How can cultural and medical anthropologists and their frameworks assist? How well is the Healthy Islands, Healthy People strategic health framework working and getting applied and adapted to different contexts and what socio-cultural, economic and other determinants are shaping these processes? Those are only some of the questions being posed to help give direction for this New Session.
Fepulea‘i Micah Van der Ryn, Health Communications Researcher/Media Production Manager, Community & Natural Resources Division, American Samoa Community College <email@example.com>