Scaling up strategies to tackle chronic disease (SUNI-SEA)

How to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases. Research
How to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases.
Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, so called noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide.

Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths, and 82% of the 16 million people who died prematurely, or before reaching 70 years of age, occur in low- and middle-income countries.(LMIC).

The increasing concerns on NCDs and their burden has led to our research project entitled “Scaling-Up NCD Interventions in South-East Asia (SUNI-SEA)”.

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South-East Asia's innovative strategies

While countries in Europe struggle with ever-increasing costs of chronic diseases, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam have developed innovative strategies to curb the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in an early phase, by

  • moving NCD prevention and management from hospitals to primary healthcare facilities;
  • involving communities and bringing prevention and self-management to the homes of people;
  • linking NCD prevention to socio-economic development;
  • introducing integrated financing of health prevention and clinical care for NCDs.

Through evidence-based research in Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam, SUNI-SEA will help inform countries how to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases.


  1. Webinar Scaling-up community based NCD prevention and control: focus on quality


    Join this skills building webinar organised by the SUNI-SEA consortium, powered by EUPHA, on Thursday 27 October 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 (CET). The SUNI-SEA consortium will share their experiences on scaling-up community based non-communicable diseases prevention. To reduce the burden of NCD prevention, early detection and treatment is crucial. During this webinar, we’ll dive into the research project Scaling up NCD interventions in Southeast ASIA (SUNI SEA) with their new dimension on scaling up. 

    Register now for the webinar

  2. Guideline for contextual adaptation of community-based health interventions


    Community-based health interventions, tailored to sociocultural aspects of health and well-being, such as local language, religion, traditions, and individual preferences, may promote health more effectively than when no attention is paid to these aspects. That’s why we developed a guideline. This guideline provides insight into how community-based health interventions can be tailored to health perspectives of community members, and into the context in which the intervention is implemented.

    Read the entire publication

  3. Missed our Moving Forward webinar?


    No problem! You can watch our webinar 'Moving forward: how to continue public health implementation research in low- and middle-income countries during COVID-19' here. We've also included the notes and the presentations that were given.

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  4. Moving Forward Webinar


    Attend our webinar at 2 March (10:00-11:30 am CEST / 3:00-4:30 pm ICT). In this webinar we'll discuss how you continue public health implementation research in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) during COVID-19. The webinar is open for everyone, but registration is needed.

    More information about the webinar

  5. Fourth year of SUNI-SEA


    We are now in the fourth year of the SUNI-SEA project. During this last phase of our project, we are looking forward to sharing the outcomes of our research including the analysed data, publications, training modules, policy recommendations and more.

    Keep an eye on our website for updates

  6. Article published on core health-components, contextual factors and program elements of community-based interventions


    An article entitled “Core health-components, contextual factors and program elements of community-based interventions in Southeast Asia – a realist synthesis regarding hypertension and diabetes” by SUNI-SEA researchers was published in BMC Public Health, October 2021.

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  7. Sharing experience and building skills at the European Public Health Conference


    During the recent 14th European Public Health Conference, held during 10–12 November 2021, the SUNI-SEA project consortium members jointly facilitated a skill-building seminar titled, ‘Community Based NCDs Prevention and Control: What Can we Learn from Research in South- East Asia?’ The virtual workshop provided an excellent opportunity for us to highlight our work, share our experiences and discuss the preliminary outcomes of our action research activities.

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  8. Community-based health interventions work best with cultural and contextual adaptation


    Community-based health interventions (CBHIs) have been shown to promote health more effectively when tailored to sociocultural aspects linked to health perception. Contextual conditions highly influence the way people perceive their health, and health perception is strongly associated with health behaviours and outcomes. Therefore, it is important to adapt CBHIs to sociocultural needs.

    Read how the SUNI-SEA project does this

  9. Interview with SUNI-SEA project coordinator: Half way into the project


    We are now half way into the SUNI-SEA project, a great moment to catch up with project coordinator dr Jaap Koot. SUNI-SEA interviewed him about how the project has been implemented given the unexpected COVID-19 situation.

    Read the full interview here

  10. Community-based Interventions: The key to reducing non-communicable diseases in South East Asia


    We found that comprehensive community-based interventions have a larger impact on diabetes and hypertension than interventions with only one component or aim. This implies that future community-based interventions could best include multiple components that address various contextual factors and implementation elements, including the social and healthcare context.

    Find out more about this study