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Noncommunicable diseases now ‘top killers globally’ – UN health agency report

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From heart disease to cancer and diabetes, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) now outnumber infectious diseases as the “top killers globally,” the UN health agency said...

A call to action to eliminate cervical cancer in the Commonwealth

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Although treatable and preventable, cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in some countries. Leading experts have called on governments to accelerate...

Marshalls launches big child health intervention

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A high-rate of malnutrition and growth stunting among Marshall Islands children has been a concern for many years. A survey jointly conducted by UNICEF and...

US$ 14 million World Bank Project puts universal Health care within reach for all...

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Families and communities across Kiribati will receive much-needed health support as part of the US$14 million Kiribati Health Systems Strengthening Project that has been...

Fundraise or die: how Fijians are crowdfunding lifesaving kidney treatment

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By Geraldine Panapasa Ten years ago, at the age of 21, Sashi Kumari was admitted to hospital and told her kidneys were failing. She was...

84 percent of Fijians suffer from premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases: WHO

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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are becoming a socio-economic burden for Fiji as they account for an estimated 84 percent of premature deaths in the island...

Child stunting from malnutrition could increase in Pacific in wake of Covid, experts warn

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The loss of work and skyrocketing food prices, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, could lead to an increase in child stunting in the...
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The Pacific food revolution will be televised

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By Mark Peter Notaras It was a great surprise and honour that Gordon Peake approached us to be the guinea pigs/first interviewees for Devpol’s...

Government of Kiribati prepares charter vessel to take water to desperate families in Banaba

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The Office of the President in Kiribati has today responded swiftly to desperate pleas for fresh water supplies from the people of Banaba. PACNEWS has...

First doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine administered to 10 Fijians frontline workers

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The first doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 10 frontline workers at the Nadi International airport today. Receiving the first ‘jab’,...

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President Emmanuel Macron arrived Thursday in riot-hit New Caledonia, having crossed the globe by plane in a high-profile show of support for the Pacific...

Fiji’s three-speed economy

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Law of the sea ruling is an ‘important milestone’ for climate and ocean action:...

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The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) strongly supports the new advisory opinion published by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which...