Resolution on Regional and Sub-regional Strategies on Combatting Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases

25APPF RES 11

25th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
15-19 January 2017

Resolution on Regional and Sub-regional Strategies on Combatting Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases

APPF25/RES/11

(Sponsored by Australia)

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Asia‐Pacific Parliamentary Forum:

Recognising the declaration by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2011 that the region is in a ‘non‐communicable disease (NCD) crisis’ with some of the highest rates of NCDs in the world, accounting for approximately 70 per cent of all deaths in the Pacific;

Recalling that Pacific Island Forum Economic Ministers and Pacific Health Ministers unanimously endorsed the Pacific NCD Roadmap in 2014;

Noting the Pacific NCD Partnership launched at the 2014 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Samoa;

Welcoming the country pledges at the 2016 Pacific NCD Summit in Tonga to translate global and regional commitments into local action;

Underscoring the importance of strengthening efforts to prevent and control NCDs which have devastating consequences for the health and economies of Pacific Island countries;

Noting that tuberculosis remains a major public health concern for many countries in the Pacific region and that many of these countries are at the top of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) TB high‐burden country list;

Recalling that the WHO Tuberculosis report of 2016 suggests that tuberculosis is once again the world’s leading infectious‐disease killer, with 10.7 million people falling ill with tuberculosis, resulting in approximately 1.8 million deaths per year; and

Noting that air‐travel is a major form of transport between the many small‐island states in the Asia‐Pacific region which makes the easy transmission of tuberculosis a significant risk to the collective health of the region;


RESOLVES TO:

1. Advocate for urgent and stronger action at the highest political levels to address NCDs;

2. Encourage strengthened cooperation on multi‐sectoral responses which prioritise prevention and cost‐effective primary care for NCDs;

3. Support opportunities for APPF Member States’ collaboration in implementing good practice to address NCDs;

4. Call on parliaments of the APPF Member States to provide strong national leadership and robust monitoring and evaluation systems to measure progress towards NCD objectives, in line with global and regional commitments;

5. Promote accelerated progress on key strategies of the Asia‐Pacific NCD Roadmap;

6. Advocate for the management of tuberculosis to be on the agenda of the Pacific Ministers of Health meeting in the Cook Islands in 2018; and

7. Call on parliaments of the APPF Member States to confirm their commitment to fight tuberculosis and to support any new initiatives for the development of diagnosis, treatment and vaccines.



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