Health

March 2014

Dengue outbreak raises questions in Vanuatu

Tony Wilson*

A major dengue fever outbreak in Vanuatu, with several hundred cases recorded in Port Vila and Luganville, has opened serious allegations about the state of the Ministry of Health. The Vanuatu Ministry of Health is now spearheading a campaign to eradicate mosquito breeding sites around Port Vila and Luganville, plus ...

February 2014

Memory loss linked to starch and sugar-laden diets

Davendra Sharma

Forget weight gain—long-term spatial memory loss has now been linked to starch and sugar-laden diets as a warning to Pacific islanders over their lifestyle of high fat traditional foods.

New mag shines light on Pacific’s health issues

Dev Nadkarni

It has been known for some time now that people of Pacific Islands origin living in New Zealand find themselves overrepresented in health-related statistics—particularly around lifestyle ailments.

France’s nuclear legacy haunts French Polynesia

Last December, the United Nations General Assembly addressed France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia in its annual statement on decolonisation.

Lifestyle disease situation out of control

From being among the healthiest humans anywhere in the world when the western world discovered the islands not so long ago, people of Pacific islands origin find themselves at the very bottom of the heap when it comes to health related statistics in today’s times.

November 2013

Lifting our game in health

Pacific people’s health is generally good byglobal standards, but significant preventable premature deaths, disease and disabilities remain, and there are considerable health inequalities in and between Pacific Islands countries and territories (PICTs).

The medicines are fake, the illnesses real

Catherine Wilson

Reports of fraudulent medicines in the south-west Pacific islands states of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have drawn attention to the need for more public awareness of the lethal trade and its tragic consequences.

July 2013

Stressed Out

Dionisia Tabureguci

A pioneering health survey of Fijian schoolchildren aged between 13 and 15 years has revealed some disturbing trends in their behaviour, among them a tendency to commit suicide at such tender age. Conducted in 2010, the findings of the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) for Fiji was only launched ...

Sexual health and wellbeing

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Epidemic levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and increasing numbers of new HIV infections, coupled with the winding down of two major funding streams for HIV and other STIs in the Pacific, have spurred Pacific health managers and development partners to investigate how to sustain gains made to-date in HIV ...

May 2013

Food price fears prompt obese future

Davendra Sharma

Just as the World Bank released a report alerting how malnutrition and obesity were gripping parts of the poor countries, Vanuatu’s own health department voiced concerns of the alarming state of health in the backyard of Pacific islands region.

Marshall Islands struggles with TB, leprosy control

Wed 10 Apr 2013 -

MAJURO, Marshall Islands ---- The Marshall Islands continues to struggle in its effort to reduce high rates of tuberculosis and Hansen’s Disease.

Dengue outbreak impacts on Solomon Islands tourism industry

Wed 20 Mar 2013 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- The dengue fever outbreak in Solomon Islands impacts heavily on the country’s tourism industry.

The end of an era for Bopp’s PIAF

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

An organization that has represented the rights and voices of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Pacific for over a decade is closing.

Solomons confirms over 150 dengue cases in capital

RNZI
Wed 06 Mar 2013 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ---- Solomon Islands health authorities have confirmed more than 150 cases of dengue fever in the capital.

September 2012

Stand on their Own2Feet

Hilary Billings

It was a typical Monday on the Coral Coast. Waves rose and crashed out on the reef. A bleach blonde Californian fiddled with a camera, his surfboards stacked a few hundred feet away in the sand. His brother and their friend chatted with a local villager, discussing plans for the ...

US$1.9 million Guam hospital billing error

MARIANAS VARIETY
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

HAGATNA, Guam (MARIANAS VARIETY) --- Guam Memorial Hospital may have lost a considerable amount of money due to a “software glitch” that left more than US$1.9 million in pharmaceutical charges unbilled since May of last year.

February 2013

Rising suicide rate among islanders

New Zealand, more particularly Auckland, has been the dream destination for Polynesian Pacific islanders for more than two generations now. Historical ties between the Polynesian islands from well before they became independent states 30 to 50 years ago have established a deep connection between the people of Samoa, Tonga, Niue ...

Pacific youth at risk to silent killer

Peter Rees

An alarming rise in suicides and the first reported suicide of a youth under nine years of age has rallied New Zealand’s Pacific community into taking ownership of a social issue that has left many grieving families searching for answers.

November 2012

Light at the end of the tunnel for St John?

Kameli Rakoko

Tucked among the trees in a little corner of Toorak in Suva, the headquarters of St John Association of Fiji (used to be known as St John Ambulance), may at first glance seem insignificant to a visitor from outside Suva or Viti Levu.

October 2012

HIV war not over yet

Oseah Philemon

Papua New Guinea has made a remarkable progress in its response to the HIV epidemic with much of that progress occurring in the last five years, according to the man who has been at the forefront of the country's national response.

Nuclear roadmap

Giff Johnson

The release in mid-September of the United Nations Special Rapporteur's report on the human rights impact of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands provides a roadmap for the United States, the United Nations and the Marshall Islands to effectively address the numerous outstanding problems in this north Pacific nation.

The 1954 Bravo test: In the eyes of a 2-year-old

Jeban Riklon traveled half way around the world to be present at the September 13 United Nations Human Rights Council's hearing on the human rights impact of US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

US govt reacts, but Marshalls wants more to be done

Reacting to the release last month of the UN Special Rapporteur's report on nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, the US Embassy in Majuro said: "The United States is committed to a continuing dialogue and cooperation with the Marshallese people and their government on this important issue."