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 …

Now available: Pacific guidelines for healthy infants and children under five years of age

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Public Health Division (PHD) has published a handbook for health professionals and educators on Pacific guidelines for healthy infants and children under five years of age.

Green News: Tackling the health danger of climate change

Sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather are accelerating communicable diseases spread, increasing the risk of respiratory illnesses and affecting mental health. Building a fairer, healthier world means tackling the health danger of…

World Hearing Day: Improving ENT & Audiology services in PICTs

According to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) there is a global burden of 538 million people with hearing impairment of whom 80% live in developing nations. Estimates indicate that about 20% of the Pacific Island Country population have mild…

Tonga strengthens its medical laboratory handling services through certification of key officers

Tonga strengthens its medical laboratory handling services through certification of key officers  

Animated video takes home top TikTok Challenge prize

By: IOM/Olivia Blinn When Destiny Etse first heard that she had won the FSM COVID-19 TikTok Challenge for her animated video, she did not believe that it was true. Posts on social media and an FSM-wide SMS blast confirmed it — Destiny had won the Gold…

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.
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