SPC, PNG sign agreement to support NCD prevention and control activities
Written by Christelle Lepers   
Friday, 08 July 2011

ImageWednesday 6 July 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Honiara, Solomon Islands

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Ministry of Health of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will provide support to PNG’s initiatives to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The MOU was signed by SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers and PNG’s Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala in Solomon Islands last Thursday, where they were attending the Ninth Meeting of Pacific Health Ministers.

Dr Rodgers explained that the MOU is an instrument through which SPC can provide funds to PNG to address its national NCD activities.

He announced that SPC will provide a grant in the amount of AUD 450,000 to PNG for these activities over the next two years.

Dr Dakulala said that the MOU will enable PNG to tackle lifestyle diseases and other NCDs. ‘This is a big boost for us as we will be able to take on the plans and strategies on NCDs outlined in our new National Health Plan 2011–2020,’ he added.

The funding is in addition to technical assistance provided by SPC as well as small grants provided to civil society and non-government organisations (NGOs).

It is part of support given by the governments of Australia and New Zealand to countries under the 2-1-22 Pacific NCD Programme. PNG is one of the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories in the programme, which was jointly developed by SPC and the World Health Organisation to tackle NCDs in the region.

For more information,contact Dr Viliami Puloka , Section Head Healthy Pacific Lifestyles Section, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 October 2011 )