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When looking at the social and health related issues in the Pacific Islands, the need for community development initiatives and applied research is critical. From a social perspective, the Pacific population suffers from one of the highest rates of domestic violence and suicide in the world. From a health perspective, the region has experienced a major shift in disease burden: life-threatening non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have overtaken communicable diseases as a key risk area. NCDs include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, different types of cancer and depression. Overall, the NCD risk rate in the Pacific is among the highest in the world.


S4Dr has been engaged in planning, monitoring and evaluating sport-for-development programs organised by Netball Australia in Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands.