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Thursday 5 June 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 2014 World Health Organisation (WHO) report on binge drinking has stated that 12% of Tongan males over the age of 15 years are “heavy episodic drinkers” (binge drinkers).
Friday 30 May 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is the world’s most overweight country, according to a study published yesterday by a well-known medical journal, The Lancet.
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Monday 19 May 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
Health Ministers from 53 Commonwealth countries have gathered for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss strengthening public health systems.
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Wednesday 14 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A third phase of the Kau Mai Tonga Ke Tau Netipolo "C’mon Tonga Let’s Play Netball" was launched on Wednesday, May 14 in a continuing campaign to encourage Tongan women to become more physically active through netball.
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Friday 9 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Red Cross Society celebrated Red Cross Day yesterday Thursday, 8 May at its national headquarters in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 5 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A regional cold storage facility for vaccines has been established in Nadi, Fiji, donated by the New Zealand Government.
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Monday 31 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan secondary students were warned of drug dealers and the effects of drug use at a lecture held at the Kalofiama 'O Epworth Hall on Friday March 28, in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 10 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga remains at high risk for dengue fever after two cases were reported in Tongatapu last month, said the Director of Health. He advised the public to become more vigilant in prevention efforts, while the weather is warm. Tonga's near neighbour, Fiji, is currently facing its worst outbreak of dengue in 16-years with eight reported to have died there since February 28.
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Monday 3 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty Tongan nurses, who are the first to be trained in Non-Communicable Diseases, graduated last week and will be on the frontline of treating NCDs, which have accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in Tonga in 2008.
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Monday 16 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tae Kami Foundation raised $25,000 pa’anga for the Children's Ward at Vaiola Hospital last week at the end of its “Walk on, Walk Strong” fundraising campaign 2013 in Nuku‘alofa.
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Thursday 28 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new report states that Tonga is the fourth most over-weight country in the world, and that Non-Communicable Diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms and diabetes are a leading cause of adult death, while data showed that 36 percent of Tongan boys and 54 percent of Tongan girls were over-weight or obese. Death rates in the most productive age groups are three times higher than in Australia and New Zealand
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Premature birth of babies is the leading cause of death of newborn babies in the Pacific Islands, according to Dr Karen Allen, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF Pacific Representative in Suva, Fiji at the end of November.
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Saturday 5 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kolovai Health Centre on the western district of Tongatapu has re-opened its doors on October 4 after being refurbished with over $20,000 pa’anga by the Australian Government, supporting the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which are reaching epidemic levels in Tonga.
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Monday 30 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty Tongans suffering from cardiac diseases and defects received lifesaving cardiac operations from an Australian team of medical professionals at Vaiola Hospital in September.
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Monday 19 August 2013
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government has imposed new Duties on unhealthy foods along with higher Excise Tax Rates on tobacco products, and slashed tobacco concessions for arriving passengers by half, in an effort to encourage “healthy living”.
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Friday 9 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has banned the sales and use of two Karicare Infant Formula products for newborns and for six-months babies and older after receiving information that the products may contain contaminated ingredients. The ban came into effective on Thursday, August 8, and will remain until further notice.
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan social services provider, the Ma‘a Fafine mo e Famili, has won funding support to continue its caregiving to the elderly and disabled children for another year.
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Thursday 18 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) NSW branch is assisting Tonga in its fight against diabetes.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A netball program to combat Non Communicable Diseases - the main public health challenge in Tonga was launched in Nuku'alofa on 22 May, and for a second year will hold a national netball tournament and community outreach programs to encourage a more active and healthier lifestyle for Tongans.
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Tuesday 21 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An increasing number of Tonga's youth are found to have diabetes, a disease that is incurable, and many of them have contracted diabetes because they eat the wrong foods. A Tonga Youth Diabetes Study Report 2013, released last week recommends a national screening of youths for the disease along with a national awareness campaign.
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