Regional Strategies

From the mid 1980s (for HIV infections), and thoughout the Pacific Region's history (for tuberculosis and malaria), Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) have worked to ensure their national health programmes plan for, and appropriately respond to, the health and economic challenges arising from three of the world's deadly diseases - HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.  Unlike heart disease, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, these diseases are preventable.


For 2008 - 2013, Pacific Regional Strategies have been developed, to guide an overall response to HIV and tuberculosis - and to further the Paris Declaration Principles of harmonization and alignment. 

Significant in-roads to prevent the spread of the three diseases have been made by PICTs on a country-by-country basis over the last 20 years.  This is despite there being signficant challenges faced by Pacific communities, including difficulties in retaining health care workers, building sustaining human resources capacity, and managing already stretched national financial resources.

To further these achievements, the following strategies have been developed to help overcome common challenges and maximize perceived benefits from a collective response HIV & STI prevention and tuberculosis. ** National responses still form the basis for malaria prevention and control in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, as they move towards achieving the malaria-free status enjoyed by most other PICTs. 


Current Regional Strategies/epidemiological profiles are below:

Disease Area  Guiding Strategy / Country Profile
HIV and STIsPacific Regional Strategy on HIV and other STIs for 2009-2013 http://www.spc.int/hiv/downloads/pacific-regional-strategy-2009-2013/
 TuberculosisWHO Strategic Plan to Stop TB in the Western Pacific 2006 - 2010 http://www.wpro.who.int/NR/rdonlyres/26A3F755-D86A-410B-8487-1C5596248031/0/RSPPublication_FINAL.pdf

WHO Country Fact Sheet – Solomon Islands http://www.who.int/malaria/wmr2008/MAL2008-CountryProfiles/MAL2008-SolomonIslands-EN.pdf    

RBM Country Fact Sheet – Vanuatu http://www.who.int/malaria/wmr2008/MAL2008-CountryProfiles/MAL2008-Vanuatu-EN.pdf

Last Updated ( Saturday, 25 April 2009 )
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