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Tuesday 12 September 2017
Apia, Samoa
An agreement to achieve universal health coverage and address non-communicable diseases in the Pacific region was signed by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Community (SPC) on 8 September in Apia, Samoa.
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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Testing kits that can detect HIV and Syphilis infections using finger prick blood or serum will be piloted in Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau and Vanuatu, over the next three months starting in September.
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Friday 28 July 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Drones will be trialled for the first time in the Pacific to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu starting in August. The trial will test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to be used on a regular basis.
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Saturday 29 April 2017

Singapore
Vitamin D helps our bodies regulate levels of calcium and phosphate – nutrients that keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. Often, sunlight on our skin can be enough to enable us to produce all the vitamin D we need. But when sunshine is lacking, vitamin D must be ingested, and it can be difficult to meet the recommended levels from food alone. This matters because the health benefits of adequate vitamin D intake may be even greater than previously thought. Even obesity may have connections to vitamin D- which aids weight loss.
Thursday 2 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nearly half a million pa’anga was committed by the Government of Japan on 27 February, to fund three projects aimed to improve the quality of life of people from the grassroots level, and includes the upgrading of a technical course classroom building at Tonga College, installing a flake ice machine with water tanks for ‘Uiha and Felemea in Ha'apai and two new ambulances for 'Eua and Ha'apai.
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Thursday 29 December 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Father of six, Joseph Finau, is becoming a role model for obese Pacific Islanders after losing an incredible 100 kilos in two years. Finau who lives in South Auckland, New Zealand, weighed 220kg in 2014.
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Thursday 24 November 2016
Suva, Fiji
In the Pacific, non-communicable diseases account for around 70% of all deaths, in Fiji that number is 80%, and the tragedy is that most of these deaths are preventable, Dr Tim Martyn of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation in Fiji told delegates from Small Island States, meeting in Suva. Delegates looked at a Global Action Plan to respond to the food and nutrition challenges. People are eating food they can afford and that "is what is making them sick,” he said.
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Monday 29 August 2016

Auckland, New Zealand
HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita opened the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Pasifika Medical Association, on Thursday, 25 August at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Secretary General for the United Nations in 2017 has to be able to help the UN step up to the challenges, and women have to be part of the solutions, says the UNDP head, Helen Clark, who left Tonga today at the end of a Pacific islands visit.
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Monday 20 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific is on the global frontlines of the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases and the time has come for action with deadlines to reverse the crisis without delay, regional leaders heard at the opening of the Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases Summit in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, this morning.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016

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Sione Talanoa Fifita says: "I admire the PM for acknowleding his sympathy with the flood victims and at least he was honest with his response, despite the fact he is not proactive enough. The global most concern now is climate change and he should have been forecasted that such natural disaster would occur and be proactive to put aside a proportion of the budget for such occurrence." Read 21 other comments on lack of funding for flooding...
Thursday 2 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The most serious challenge confronting the Tongan society today is the physical health of our people, HM King Tupou VI said, when he opened the 2016-17 session of parliament this morning, 2 June, in a thoughtful speech that also challenged legislators to educate Tonga's children for global employment, and urged them to engage with all stake holders in the economy and not unilaterally change operating conditions, that may stifle growth.
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Friday 19 February 2016
Washington D.C., U.S.A
The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, will travel to Apia, Samoa; Nuku'alofa, Tonga; and Koror, Palau, February 20-25, for bilateral meetings and regional consultations. Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift will accompany Assistant Secretary Russel.
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Monday 8 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia will donate up to $500k to combat the Zika virus as part of an aid package to Pacific island countries to stop it from spreading and the initial focus of fighting the virus would be in Tonga, after it was confirmed five people contracted the virus and 259 suspected last week in Tonga.
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Friday 29 January 2016
Suva, Fiji
A United Nations initiative to combat ill health and the premature/preventable death of women, children and adolescents worldwide recently gained a Pacific Islands representative with the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, to the Every Woman Every Child High Level Advisory Group.
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Friday 22 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Naming Tonga the fattest nation in the world, a BBC report on 18 January 2016 says that consumption of imported mutton lamb flaps is to blame. But Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale 'Akau'ola, says that it’s the quantity of food Tongans eat that’s the main problem, not mutton lamb flaps.
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Wednesday 11 November 2015

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan Dr Simione Lolohea (48) a surgeon in Hamilton is one of only two doctors in New Zealand offering hot chemotherapy, a rare and controversial cancer treatment.
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Tuesday 1 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newly released Pacific Hazardous Waste survey reports have identified the risk of asbestos materials to health in 13 Pacific Island countries, including Tonga. Fibres can travel to the lungs and result in asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung cancers, stated PacWaste.
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who were found dead in different plantations in Tongatapu and Vava’u in early May, are reported to have died from heart attacks, said a police spokesperson in Nuku'alofa today.
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Thursday 15 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sydney resident, 26 year-old Ulu Tu‘ipulotu is being called the heaviest man in Australia. His official weight, a whopping 337 kilograms. Ulu could also possibly be the heaviest Tongan in the world.
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