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Journalists attend training on supporting the fight against non-communicable diseases
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:47

5 August 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Fifteen journalists have gathered in Tonga for training on how they can help support the fight against the increasing incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific.

The journalists are attending the Pacific NCD Forum media training organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The training precedes the Pacific NCD Forum, which will begin on Monday, 8 August.NCD_Media

Agriculture development, yes, but at whose cost?
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:27

By Ruci Mafi

What happens when extra hands are needed on the farm? dr kaitani and participants

In Fiji, the answer is simple — call on the children to provide this seasonal labour — they are traditionally obliged to help wherever help is needed.  And they do, sometimes even leaving school to do so, during the cane-cutting season, for example.

The drive to develop the agriculture sector in Fiji and restore its status as the mainstay of the economy is intense, but this effort must not cost us our children’s education.


While the fact of using child labour is acceptable to some, a recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) report on the issue in Fiji argues otherwise. The Child labour in Fiji: a survey of working children in commercial sexual exploitation, on the streets, in rural agricultural communities, in informal and squatter settlements and in schools report has findings of research carried out by University of the South Pacific academic, Dr Mili Kaitani.

One such finding is that using child labour in agriculture in Fiji is increasing, and that this constitutes an abuse of their human rights. The report also noted that there is a tendency for children in rural areas and villages drop out of school at an early age to farm because they are able to earn an income and because less priority is placed on completing education.

Diverse Pacific voices unite for international AIDS conference
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:57

By Rita Narayan

Squeals of excitement rose above the chatter in the foyer and exhibition centre at BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Center) every time Pacific Islanders spotted each other among the 2000 or so delegates attending the 10th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP 10) in South Korea. With their warm friendly smiles and dressed in colourful sulu and jaba, meri blouse, bula shirts, sulu vakataga and puletasi, about 60 Pacific Islanders from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia quickly made their presence known at the conference venue in the port city of Busan.Busan_165

The delegation was one of the largest Pacific delegations to attend an international meeting on AIDS. Compared to other delegations from South-East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and India, the Pacific delegation was small but its voice was strengthened by the presence of Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau; Papua New Guinea’s former Minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu; and UNICEF Pacific’s Regional Ambassador, Mere Nailatikau. There was also a strong show of Pacific solidarity as Pacific Islanders turned up in numbers to support their colleagues during their sessions and participate in discussions.


Media Trainees 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011 10:20

The Regional Media Centre has to date hosted five (5) interns. The trainees spent 4-6 weeks at the RMC undertaking a range of training that includes graphic designs, basic video production and communication. The interns included:

1. Kalisitiane Tukuafu (Tonga)

2. Steve Poning (PNG)

3. Marlena Maerz (Germany)

4. Yvette D’Univenville (Tuvalu)

5. Zafiya Shamim (Fiji)


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