COVID-19: Pacific Community Updates

This page will be regularly updated as new information is received  The COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 2019) outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Globally, nations are taking actions to reduce and …

Advancing our Pacific health services for our Pacific people

I have worked in the Pacific health sector for the past 20 years and continue to witness our region advance and evolve with its health service delivery, resources, and health expertise and progress steadily towards the Healthy Islands Vision. The Pacific…

SPC's 75th anniversary: The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) - 25 years of networking and innovation towards health security in the Pacific

The Pacific Community turned 75 on the 6th of February 2022. As we mark 75 years of the Pacific Community’s Service to the region, on the 6th of each month we will feature a key moment in history for the organization.   Over the past 25 years, SPC has…

Stat of the week: The Coverage of essential health services index in Papua New Guinea is 33.4

Did you know ? The Coverage of essential health services index in Papua New Guinea is 33.4 (from a scale of 0 to 100). The global index is 67. Coverage of essential health services is defined as the average coverage of essential services based on tracer…

Pacific Health Ministers commit to strengthening health systems to meet current and future health challenges

The original press release was published on WHO website and was reposted here with permission.

Strengthening Health Services for COVID-19 Response in Kiribati

Ensuring there is continuity of essential health services while responding to increasing demands to prioritise and manage COVID-19 patients, requires extensive stakeholder networking, detailed planning, and coordination in countries with limited…

Real-time testing facility helps the Cook Islands face the COVID-19 threat

Thanks to financial and in-kind support from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Pacific Community has been able to equip the Cook Islands with one of the most advanced COVID-19 testing platforms at the early stages of the…

Using data to unravel the complex web of food systems

Image: Vegetables stalls at Auki market, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. Credit: Filip Milovac, WorldFish The term “food systems” refers to the web of actions and interactions involving the production, processing, transport, trade, marketing and…

Stat of the week: There is 7.3 grams of dietary fibre in 100g of coconut flesh

In 100g of coconut flesh (Cocos nucifera) there is 7.3 grams of dietary fibre. The @WHO recommends adults consume 25-30g of fibre per day.

Healthy Tips: Commit to quit!

E-cigarettes are not proven cessation aids. They generate toxic chemicals, which can cause harmful health effects such as cardiovascular disease and lung disorders. Commit to quit!
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