WHO’s work with countries

Health cooperation in Small Island Developing States

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of developing countries facing specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.

Boy in a boat on the sea.
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Countries with small, geographically disparate populations and/or limited health workforces are particularly vulnerable to the burden of disease.

Health services available to SIDS also have a vital role to play in sustainable development of the country.

SIDS and noncommunicable diseases

WHO is working with the larger UN system to address health challenges – especially noncommunicable disease (NCDs). A number of partnerships dedicated to NCDs have been established in recent years, especially in the Pacific and Caribbean regions. The partnerships require whole-of-society, multi-sectoral and inter-regional approaches to cooperation to improve public health outcomes.

In September 2014, WHO contributed to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States through the multi-stakeholder partnership dialogue on social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women. The work reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to support the efforts of SIDS in health and NCDs.