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 …

Nurses trained for surge in critical care

The need to have more specialized nurses was discussed at the inaugural Pacific Heads of Nursing meeting earlier this year. This meeting was timely given that 2020 is the year of the nurses and midwives and allowed Pacific heads of nursing to connect…

Mobilising Youth to lead the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific

Did you know that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) represent one of the most serious challenges to the health and wellbeing of youth in the Pacific region?   In the ‘Pacific Youth Development Framework 2014 – 2023’, young people identified NCDs as a…

Pacific response to COVID-19 is demonstrating power of regionalism

Health supplies being loaded for PNG as part of the PHP-C The Pacific Heads of Health recently held a virtual meeting under the shadow of COVID-19. The tone was understandably sombre and serious. The crisis being faced across the globe has certainly not…

COVID 19: 20,000 posters to help promote hand washing in Fiji

The Pacific Community (SPC) has provided the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) with 20,000 hand washing posters in support of its efforts to mitigate COVID-19 transmission.

Now available: Pacific guidelines for healthy eating during pregnancy

A healthy diet is critical to the healthy development of a growing baby and pregnancy presents an opportunity to promote good health and break the cycle of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  The Pacific guidelines for healthy eating during pregnancy is a…

Over 1000 COVID-19 testing cartridges delivered to Vanuatu

Stranded because of COVID-19, but supported by colleagues: the story of Jocelyn

The COVID-19 pandemic led to abrupt closure of borders, leaving many people on mission stranded abroad, far from their loved ones. Several Pacific Community (SPC) staff members have experienced such a difficult situation. Jocelyn Cabarles, an…

COVID-19 is compounding the Pacific’s non- communicable disease crisis

Health experts were quick to identify that persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart diseases, hypertension, chronic lung diseases and cancers were more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19. According to…

SPC Food Systems for Health and Nutrition Integrated Programme successfully completes online design workshop series

Participants of the Food Systems for Health and Nutrition integrated programme workshop series on Zoom. (Ed Boydell)
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