Opinion: A call for medical détente in the Pacific Islands

Pooling the expertise and resources of development partners is a win not only for regional healthcare but soft diplomacy, Eileen Natuzzi writes. As U.S. and China competition increases in the region, perhaps it is time

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American Samoa House Health Committee hears of confusion with nurses recruited from Fiji

American Samoa House Health Committee has met and discussed the status of two out of the 21 nurses from Fiji who passed the NCLEX (National Council Licensing Examination) to be certified as registered nurses. 

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Fiji Budget 2023-2024: A wrap

Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Biman Prasad, today presented a deficit budget in Fiji’s parliament. With a projected revenue of $3.7 billion, and expenditure of $4.3 billion, the

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Fiji Budget: ‘It’s a tough but fair budget’ says Finance Minister

Presenting government’s Fiji Budget 2023-2024 to parliament this morning, Finance Minister Biman Prasad said the fiscal deficit of $639 million dollars was “higher than I personally wanted.” Prasad said

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Fiji budget: Education, health get budget boosts

The Fiji government budget 2023-2024 presented today has prioritised spending on education and health. Education The education sector has been allocated  $768.9 million with $505.4 million to the Ministry of

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$8M to support Kiribati’s drought relief efforts

An $8 million grant has been disbursed by the Asian Development Bank to the Government of Kiribati to help fund drought relief efforts. ADB says the support comes after a state of emergency was declared last month in

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Overseas medical cost a concern: Samoa PM Fiame

Samoa’s Government remains concerned about the affordability of overseas treatment for non-communicable diseases, says Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.  The Prime Minister made the comments when she

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Pay our nurses, says Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) has called on Fiji’s Government to place more emphasis on the appropriate allowances and pay for nurses and midwives. For several years, nurses and midwives in Fiji

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Severe shortage of PNG health workers

An acute shortage of health professionals in hospitals around Papua New Guinea has prompted the Special Parliamentary Committee on Health Matters to propose an amendment to a law that prevents public servants who

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Malaria: fight half done

When the Global Fund was created 20 years ago, HIV, TB and malaria seemed unbeatable. But we have proven that with science, adequate resources and effective global collaboration, we can force even the deadliest diseases

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Solomon Islands lift COVID-19 entry requirements in lead up to Pacific Games

The Solomon Islands, due to host the Pacific Games from 19 November to 2 December, has lifted all COVID-19 entry requirements. Those arriving will no longer need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or tests,

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‘Have courage’: Tokelau records its first four community COVID-19 cases

Tokelau remains in lockdown following the announcement of its first Covid-19 community cases. “We knew that it would eventually get to Tokelau, so we prepared,” Tokelau Government General Manager Aukusitino

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