Pacific Regional Health Leaders To Meet In Fiji

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Minister to review 20-year-old ‘healthy islands’ declaration

By Repeka Nasiko

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 8, 2015) – Regional health leaders from 22 Pacific Island nations will be reviewing a 20-year-old declaration for a "healthy islands vision" made in Sigatoka in 1995.

The 11th Pacific Health Ministers meeting on Yanuca Island's Shangri-La's Fijian Resort later this month will discuss the declaration which places key focus on children's health, environment sustainability and ecological balance.

The three-day meeting held between April 15 to 17 will be hosted by the Fijian Government in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Health Minister Jone Usamate said apart from the main objective, the event would also assess the implementation of the outcomes and recommendations made during the tenth meeting in Apia and Honiara.

"The eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting will also set future strategic direction in health leadership and development in the Pacific, especially with the health sector being a challenge in developing Pacific Island countries," he said.

The program will focus on the healthy islands thematic areas of avoidable disease burden, premature deaths, nurturing children in body and mind and promoting ecological balance.

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