How Can We Strengthen Governance of Non-Communicable Diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories?

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 293-309, May 2015

Crawford School Research Paper

17 Pages Posted: 1 May 2016

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Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School

David Patterson

Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre

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Date Written: May 19, 2015

Abstract

Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) are some of the most geographically isolated in the world. Most have small populations and economies. In addition to the economic challenges that they face because of isolation and size are the risks of climate disaster and the challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco-related diseases. This article builds on knowledge about the key features that characterise effective national responses to NCDs, as embodied in the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. It seeks to identify some promising strategies for strengthening the governance and law reform processes that will be required to enhance the capacity of small island states to reduce NCD risks in their populations.

Keywords: public health, regulation, non-communicable disease, Pacific islands, law

Suggested Citation

Magnusson, Roger and Patterson, David, How Can We Strengthen Governance of Non-Communicable Diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories? (May 19, 2015). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 293-309, May 2015, Crawford School Research Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772342

Roger Magnusson (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

David Patterson

Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

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