State of Pacific health to be reviewed in Fiji this week

Monday 16 February 2015


Two decades after the Healthy Island Vision was born, senior health officials from 21 Pacific countries and territories will gather in Suva, Fiji, this week (18-19 February) to examine progress with its monitoring and implementation, and recommend next steps.

Participants at the Third Pacific Heads of Health Meeting will also review the Non-Communicable Diseases Roadmap and the post-2015 Pacific Health Agenda, and will consider a range of other issues, such as tobacco control, sugar-sweetened drinks, reducing the avoidable disease burden, and monitoring and evaluation.

The meeting is being staged by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT), the World Bank (WB) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Director of SPC’s Public Health Division, Dr Paula Vivili, said the preparatory meeting would set the scene for an important Pacific Health Ministers Meeting in April 2015, to be hosted by the Government of Fiji.

“Healthy Islands was adopted as the unifying theme for health promotion and health protection in the Pacific 20 years ago in Yanuca, Fiji, so it’s significant that ministers will return there in April to consider achievements at the country level and chart a way forward,” Dr Vivili said.

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