The Western Pacific Diabetes Declaration Action Plan 2012-2015 was launched on Wednesday by Richard Marles, Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs. The launch event, held at Parliament House, was hosted by Diabetes Australia and attended by Professor Nam Cho, Chair of IDF’s Western Pacific Region, amongst others.
The Action Plan aims to improve the lives of those living with diabetes in the Western Pacific through targeted advocacy and education across all levels of society.
According to IDF’s Diabetes Atlas, there are over 130 million people living with diabetes in the Western Pacific and five of the top 10 countries for diabetes prevalence are Pacific Islands.
Pacific island countries in particular have among the highest rates of diabetes in the world. In Kiribati, one in four people have diabetes. In the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu the rate is around one in five.
Pacific Island people are not only at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but often die earlier from diabetes complications when compared to people in Australia and elsewhere around the world.