Tonga Health Promotion Foundation
Tonga Health Promotion Foundation (TongaHealth) was established by the Health Promotion Foundation Act 2007 as an independent body to act as a link between the community, NGOs, and the Government to promote health by fighting Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This is the government’s initiative to address the NCDs crisis in Tonga.
What are NCDs?
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person. They are of long duration and generally slow progression. The 4 main types of non-communicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. These 4 groups of diseases account for 82% of all NCD deaths. Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from an NCD.*
The problem of NCDs is at a critical level in Tonga. With an increasing number of Tongans being affected by heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking-related illnesses, TongaHealth was established to combat this burden of disease and promote healthy lifestyle changes throughout Tonga.
TongaHealth uses evidence-based approaches to increase the knowledge, skills and resources of key organisations through advocacy for and promotion of healthy environments and healthy living.
Vision & Values
TongaHealth focuses on four priorities for program delivery:
• Healthy eating
• Physical activity
• Tobacco control
• Reduction of harm from alcohol misuse
These priorities are aligned with and complement Tonga’s national public health priorities, specifically the National Strategy to Prevent and Control Non-communicable Diseases, Tonga 2010-15. In addition, they are guided by the following milestones:
• Tonga recognised the urgency of reducing NCDs through the Tonga Commitment 2003.
• Tonga signed the WHO international Frame Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2003.
• Tonga signed the WHO international Frame Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases (2010-2015) was launched.
• The reversal of NCDs in Tonga is included as a target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Tonga to be achieved by 2015. See more