Stories from the Pacific Community

Tackling infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance through One Health

Public health is everyone’s health. It involves not just the human health system but also the health of our animals and our ecosystem. In Nadi, the regional meeting of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN, which ended on Friday (7 June…

Innovative networks key to improving agricultural advisory services for Pacific smallholder farmers

Political support harnessed with innovative regional networks could potentially improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Fiji and the Pacific. To make this a reality, the Fiji Agricultural Advisory Services (FAAS) network has been established as a…

A real-world experiment with real-world data

The demand for timely, reliable and disaggregated development statistics is greater than ever before, especially as countries around the world strive to monitor their progress towards Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Adapting to emerging challenges

Dear friends, The forthcoming Tenth Conference of the Pacific Community offers us an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s 70th anniversary. Hosted in Nouméa by New Caledonia, this international institution has through all those years demonstrated…

Healthy catering at SPC events

The Pacific Islands region has some of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the world, with obesity prevalence as high as 75 per cent and diabetes rates as high as 47 per cent in some countries. Increasing reliance on imported foods, among other…

Technology and Innovation - PacFishID: Innovation for preservation

Every fisher knows that you can never guarantee what’s at the other end of the line when you start reeling in your prized catch, especially within diverse coastal areas and reefs. Many a time you can be left guessing what you have caught and whether it’s…

Increasing women’s access and participation in the maritime and energy sectors

Regional conference for Pacific women in the maritime sector (organised by SPC and IMO), April 2016 An increasing number of women are entering the maritime profession; however, their contribution is generally unrecognised and undervalued, and they…

Creating opportunities for youth development

The total population in our diverse Pacific region is around 10 million people – more than half of which is under the age of 25. It is growing fast, placing huge and increasing pressures on basic resources and core services, such as education, health and…

Regional mobility : Securing our future through quality education

Photo: Chris Palethorne Salimoana is an 11-year-old girl who loves to read. Her cousin Aisea, nine, hates reading but has a knack for numbers. Games bring Aisea to life and he is often persuading his bookworm cousin to join. Although Sali and Aisea may…

Increasing taxes for healthier communities

Where you were once offered freshlysqueezed lemon juice or the ever thirst quenching coconut, now it’s cordial or other fizzy and sweetened beverages. Unfortunately it’s all around us now – from community-run canteens in remote island villages, to corner…
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