Tobacco control vital to health

Thursday 30 May 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

Signs in Papua New Guinea warn of a tobacco and betel nut free area

Every year, tobacco kills nearly six million people. It remains the largest preventable cause of death on the planet.

Selling safe behaviour

Wednesday 10 April 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

A Solomon Islands community theatre group encouraging young people to go for an STI test

At church, at the dinner table, at work or at school, we are surrounded by HIV prevention messages, and many of us have heard the common refrain: Abstain, Be Faithful, Use a Condom, otherwise known as ‘ABC’.

SPC supports national efforts to eliminate TB in the Pacific
TB nurse in Kiribati testing a patient for diabetes on a home visit

World TB day – 24 March 2013

The theme for this year’s World TB Day – Stop TB in my lifetime – challenges us to strengthen our efforts.

A Pacific-led vision for HIV and other STIs in the Pacific
A lab technician takes blood for a rapid HIV test, Yap State Hospital Laboratory, Federated States of Micronesia.Monday 18 March 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

This month Ministry of Health representatives and stakeholders from across the region will come together to determine the future direction of the response to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Pacific.


One Talk 4 All unites Pacific youth and broadcasters
 Young people and broadcasters from Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands came together last week for a powerful collaboration. Together they created media productions for, with and about youth and children, promoting action on climate change, violence, sexual health, healthy eating and school attendance.
Building Pacific operational research capacity in health
 Twelve Pacific Island health professionals from seven countries, who participated in the first module of a Pacific Operational Research course at the beginning of September, have developed research protocols on several health topics — tuberculosis, diabetes, other non-communicable diseases and leprosy – of particular concern to their country.
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