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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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Inform'ACTION 35

Ttile: A treasure trove of Pacific Island experience

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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).
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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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SPC, PNG sign agreement to support NCD prevention and control activities

ImageWednesday 6 July 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Honiara, Solomon Islands

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Ministry of Health of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will provide support to PNG’s initiatives to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The MOU was signed by SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers and PNG’s Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala in Solomon Islands last Thursday, where they were attending the Ninth Meeting of Pacific Health Ministers.

Dr Rodgers explained that the MOU is an instrument through which SPC can provide funds to PNG to address its national NCD activities.

He announced that SPC will provide a grant in the amount of AUD 450,000 to PNG for these activities over the next two years.

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Whole of government approach’ needed to address health challenges says SPC Director-General

ImageWednesday 29 June 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Honiara, Solomon Islands

Director-General of SPC Dr Jimmie Rodgers said long-term solutions to health challenges in the Pacific Island region require a dedicated ‘whole of government approach’ and ‘whole of community approach’.

Dr Rodgers explained that, with a whole of government approach, health ministers would find it easier to address the health challenges that each of their countries faces. ‘It will actually be government policy to direct the attention so that they will have a good health outcome,’ he said.

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