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World Health Organisation warns of health inequalities
15 OCTOBER 2008 GENEVA (Pacnews) ----- The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday that current healthcare systems were inadequate to meet the challenges of the modern world and urged countries instead to go back to the basics of patient care, reports Sydney Morning Herald. 
Increasing human population poses risk to food fish supply, HIV & STI Response Fund launched

14 OCTOBER 2008 NOUMEA (Pacnews) -----Increasing human populations in Pacific Island urban areas near fishing grounds is affecting the supply of food fish.


ACP Leaders want global strategy for oil prices, opt for Free Trade Areas in ACP regions

13 OCTOBER 2008 ACCRA (Pacnews) ---- African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Leaders have called on the international community to agree on a global strategy to stabilise oil prices at affordable levels in order to protect the growth prospects of the developing countries.

New varieties of Taro named in Samoa
13 OCTOBER 2008 APIA (Pacnews) ----- One of three new taro varieties developed by the Crops Division of the Nu’u Research Centre of Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture, has been named after Samoa’s Minister of Agriculture, Taua Kitiona, reports Radio New Zealand International 
25 Solomon students to study medicine in Cuba, first step to learn Spanish language

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Oct. 9, 2008) – Some 25 young Solomon Islanders are confirmed to under take Medical studies in Cuba under the Cuban Government medical doctor scholarship arrangement in 2009.

Resettlement of West Papuan refugees in PNG to Vanuatu not an option for UNHCR
10 OCTOBER 2008  PORT MORESBY (Pacnews) ---- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says resettlement is not an option for a group of West Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea (PNG), reports Radio New Zealand International  
High mortality among women in PNG, lack of basic maternal health care cited

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 8, 2008) - More than 730 mothers out of every 1,000 mothers die in Papua New Guinea as a result of lack of basic maternal health service. In other words, one mother dies in every four minutes.

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