Changing Behaviors To Combat The Spread Of Non-Communicative Disease


Development, industrialization, urbanization, investment, and an aging population are driving a rising epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). With the epidemic directly challenging our client in Indonesia, we developed the world’s largest scale NCD programme on a mine site looking after circa 28,000 employees.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been established as a clear threat not only to human health, but also to development and economic growth. NCDs are responsible for 71% of all death, globally, with more than 35% of NCDs mortality occurring within the productive ages. Our client, based in Indonesia is no exception to the growing threat NCDs plays on a diverse and growing employee population. After exploring their potential exposure levels to the proposed threat, it became clear that they needed a paradigm shifting programme that would address their non-communicable diseases (NCD) epidemic within the workplace.

In 2013, we embarked on the long-term initiative that would anticipate the behaviour changes as well as chronic diseases preventive actions to decrease the NCDs risk factors in the region of Papua. The programme was designed with seven clear and distinct goals; all of which targeted the specific NCD threats that their workforce faced.

Goal 1: Reduction in the number of people with raised blood pressure

Goal 2: Reduction in the number of people with raised cholesterol levels

Goal 3: Halt the rise of overweight & obesity

Goal 4: Halt the rise in the number of people with raised fasting blood sugar

Goal 5: Reduce the amount of people who are physically, inactive (less than a 150 minutes per week)

Goal 6: Reduce tobacco use

Goal 7: Improve wellness program management leadership in department/division

The fundamental role of International SOS is to provide expertise, clinical management and educational support to implement the wellness programme.


International SOS believes in making it easier for organizations to work and grow on an international scale. They prepare employees for travel and support them in unfamiliar and remote locations, keeping them healthy and safe.

International SOS’s corporate social responsibility activities demonstrate a commitment to maintaining globally sustainable operations. Their philosophy for corporate citizenship focuses on “Healthcare and Education” to look after the wellbeing of employees and the communities around which they operate.  It also extends to ethical conduct in dealings with suppliers, clients and other stakeholders.


  • Committing to UNGC’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to lay out a roadmap over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and protect the planet.  
  • Employing best practices in travel risk management for employees. Includes preventive education and training, health screening, vaccination, travel tracking and assistance to employees headed to higher risk destinations.  
  • Partnering with clients on community health initiatives to reduce Malaria, YAWs, HIV, tuberculosis and filariasis. International SOS also promote clean water, wellness and healthy practices to prevent strokes, diabetes, infectious disease and cancer in many communities worldwide. 
  • Raising funds and donating time support many “Healthcare and Education” causes worldwide.
  • Helping young graduates through work with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-run organisation, providing young people with leadership development and cross-cultural internships.