Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2011

Prevention and Control of Chronic Non-communicable Disease in Nine Pacific Rim Cities

Meng Kin Lin, Karen Eggleston, Kun Chen

December 2010

Asia-Pacific Research Center


Populous, economically dynamic, and rapidly urbanizing, the Asia Pacific both reflects and strongly shapes trends in global public health. A comparative assessment of chronic disease prevalence, risk factors, and policy responses in nine Pacific Rim cities shows that chronic diseases are rapidly becoming the leading cause of morbidity and mortality even in the lower income cities of the Pacific Rim. Policy responses are heterogeneous, with few sufficiently funded or adequately informed by evidence. Much could be learned from comparative research and rigorous evaluation of prevention and control initiatives in this region.