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“Unless we address noncommunicable diseases with the urgency of an outbreak, the NCDs epidemic will take a toll for decades to come. I commend #Tonga for their efforts to #BeatNCDs by increasing taxes on tobacco, alcohol, sugary drinks & other harmful foods"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴
"I commend you for strengthening services for those who suffer, both at the hospital and at the health centers. We need to collaborate with other governments and communities who face the same challenges to #BeatNCDs"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴
"WHO is starting to provide support to the Government of #Tonga on two projects targeting children: one on ending childhood obesity and the other on health-promoting schools. It’s vital that we teach our children healthy habits when they are young"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴
"There is a lot of talk about #ClimateChange. But for you, this is no abstract discussion. It is a real and present danger. The impact of climate change on health is one of the strongest arguments for taking action"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴

"Our vision is that by 2030, all small island developing states will have health systems that are resilient to #ClimateChange. But it is not enough simply to ask your communities to adapt. We must act globally to mitigate the causes of climate change"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴
"By 2030, we also see a 🌎🌍🌏 in which countries will be reducing their carbon emissions. This will protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries"-@DrTedros in 🇹🇴 #ClimateAction

@DrTedros .@DrTedros visited communities in 🇹🇴 affected by #ClimateChange. This used to be a rugby field. Now it is underwater. The 'Ahau community is fighting back against rising seas levels by planting mangroves to slow erosion.
We need #ClimateAction to protect communities & save lives.
@DrTedros @WHOWPRO @takeshi_kasai @UN @UN_News_Centre To #BeatNCDs in #Tonga, health centres and schools are working together to teach children about healthy diet and being active. @DrTedros stressed the importance of this collaboration in the communities to make sure children are growing up healthy. #HealthForAll
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