A Pacific-led vision for HIV and other STIs in the Pacific
A lab technician takes blood for a rapid HIV test, Yap State Hospital Laboratory, Federated States of Micronesia.Monday 18 March 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

This month Ministry of Health representatives and stakeholders from across the region will come together to determine the future direction of the response to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Pacific.


One Talk 4 All unites Pacific youth and broadcasters
 Young people and broadcasters from Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands came together last week for a powerful collaboration. Together they created media productions for, with and about youth and children, promoting action on climate change, violence, sexual health, healthy eating and school attendance.
Building Pacific operational research capacity in health
 Twelve Pacific Island health professionals from seven countries, who participated in the first module of a Pacific Operational Research course at the beginning of September, have developed research protocols on several health topics — tuberculosis, diabetes, other non-communicable diseases and leprosy – of particular concern to their country.
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Ttile: A treasure trove of Pacific Island experience



As usual, this issue of Inform’ACTION features articles on public health practitioners’ realities in Pacific Island States and Territories. These precious contributions, which have filled the columns of Inform’ACTION since its inception in July 1998, represent a very valuable store of specific Pacific Island public health experience and practice in many areas (detailed in a supplement).

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SPC guides health workers in the battle against STIs
 The President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, today participated with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in the launch of Comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Guidelines. The guidelines are a significant weapon in the battle against STIs in the Pacific, and the result of extensive training and consultation with Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).
Pacific meeting on tuberculosis and diabetes commits to improving care and prevention
ImageAt a recent meeting in Palau, Pacific tuberculosis (TB) experts have called for increased commitment to improving both the care for people with diabetes and tuberculosis, and prevention of the two diseases.


Experts from national TB and non-communicable disease programmes gathered at the combined Pacific Stop TB and Pacific Island TB Controllers Association meeting to discuss the convergence of TB and diabetes and to promote better ways of managing this dual epidemic.

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