Scaling up strategies to tackle chronic disease How to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases. Research
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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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