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 …

The ‘hidden’ health danger of climate change

A Public Lecture by the Director-General of the Pacific Community by DR COLIN TUKUITONGA

World Health Day 2022

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

New in-country COVID-19 testing now allows for early intervention in Kiribati

The newly established RT-PCR molecular container laboratory in Kiribati has achieved its final validation from the Doherty Institute in December indicating readiness in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19 and the application of its technology. This…

Stat of the week: Doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Pacific Region by the end of 2021

By the end of 2021, 3,982,436 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the Pacific Region.   To learn more about Covid-19 updates in the Pacific, please visit this page.

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness- Strengthening capacity in the Pacific region

The World Health Organisation declared International Day of Epidemic Preparedness in 2020 to create awareness around the importance of the prevention, preparedness, and partnership against epidemics especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Stat of the week: 76 is the average National Health Preparedness capacity score among the nine Pacific countries with a score

Average National Health Preparedness capacity score (self reported out of 100) among the nine Pacific countries with a score. This measures the ability to respond to a public health emergency.  Today we celebrate International Day of Epidemic…

Stat of the week: There are 374 health facilities in the Solomon Islands

  There are 374 health facilities (aid posts, clinics, community health centres, hospitals) in the Solomon Islands.   Did you know that the Pacific Data Hub and Tupaia recently announced a data sharing collaboration that will see publicly available…

Post graduate certificate program strengthens health interventions in the Pacific

Self-assessment of data flow within health ministries across the Pacific has become a priority for the sector in order to combat major health issues such as the NCD crisis. To boost the capacity of the health workers in the region, the Strengthening…

New training for Pacific public health laboratory staff will help region now and in the future  

The Pacific COVID experience has shown that laboratory services to help identify health security risks and provide timely, accurate and reliable diagnosis of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, needs to be strengthened. In support of this…
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