Healthy Settings

Types of Healthy Settings

Healthy Islands

People living on an island
The World Bank/Dominic Sansoni

First drafted by the Ministry of Health of Pacific Island Countries in 1995, the Healthy Islands concept unifies efforts for health promotion and health protection in island countries. It provides a framework within which health issues are analysed, prioritized, and implemented in order to achieve a healthy state on the islands, as reflected in the lives of children, adults and the aged.

Like other Healthy Settings programmes, the success of Healthy Islands initiatives is strongly linked to community commitment and buy-in from health-related organizations and institutions at the highest level.

Examples of implementation

Healthy Island initiatives take various forms in several Pacific Islands countries & Maldives. Some countries have focused on the control of specific diseases or health problems, such as malaria control in the Solomon Islands. Others have focused on environmental health and health promotion initiatives (Fiji Islands) or on water supply and sanitation through community development (Tonga). Other still have implemented community-based health promotion projects (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Tuvalu and Samoa).

Selected publications
  • Galea G. et al. (2000) Healthy Islands in the Western Pacific - international settings development. Health Promotion International. 15(2): 169.
  • Nutbeam, D. (1996) Healthy Islands - A truly ecological model of health promotion. Health Promotion International. 11(4): 263.