SPC supports diabetes prevention in Wallis and Futuna

Thursday 14 November 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

Viliami Puloka in a training

SPC's Healthy Pacific Lifestyle Team Leader, Dr Viliami Puloka, shares important lessons on diabetes prevention with people from Hahake District in Wallis and Futuna.

SPC's mission in Wallis and Futuna this week is in part to show ongoing support for the prevention programme that was part of the 2-1-22 Pacific wide initiative to combat the crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCD).

Diabetes prevalence has reached 18% in Wallis and Futuna – among the highest in the region. The territory is unique in that, after the country-wide NCD risk factor survey of 2009, the Wallis and Futuna Prevention Unit initiated a village-by-village NCD profiling survey that assisted them in helping each village understand what areas of prevention need to be focused on.

This mission is timely in that the Prevention Unit has organised several activities leading up to World Diabetes Day on 14 November, in which SPC is taking part. This year's theme for World Diabetes Day is simply Prevention. Dr Puloka said, 'The main message being given to the community is: The best control measure for diabetes is not the tablets and injections from the doctors and nurses in the clinics, but the lifestyle changes of the patients themselves, which is entirely under their control.'

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