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  • Sexually Transmitted Infections also a key priority in Tonga's Public Health agenda Jun 20, 2016

    Work on raising awareness about a rising incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV is carried out mainly through Tonga Red Cross Society, Tonga Family Health Association (TFHA), Youth Congress and the Tonga Ladies Association, the last a forum of the trans-gender population.

  • Political will and local partnerships stall Zika outbreak and help combat NCDs in Tonga Jun 20, 2016

    For well over a decade now, public health in general and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in particular have stayed consistently on top of the national political and development agenda. Making the Kingdom a frontline state in the fight against NCDs

  • Rural Women Help Early Recovery Efforts in Fiji, Make and Sell ‘Green’ Handicrafts Jun 17, 2016

    When an extreme weather event such as Sever Tropical Cyclone Winston hits communities in remote, almost intractable highlands of Fiji, just what does it take to deal with the sudden loss of household incomes as farm produce stands mutilated by the storms and crop failure stares you in your face?

  • Innovative mobile microinsurance providing crucial safety net for Papua New Guineans Jun 16, 2016

    A simple text message is all it takes for a Papua New Guinea citizen to sign up to affordable, new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families. These new microinsurance products have managed to do away with the usual lengthy paperwork processes, preliminary health checks and identification associated with some traditional insurance products.

  • Tokatoka Farms Help Arrest Land Wastage, Build Resilience and Food Security Post Cyclone Winston in Fiji Jun 16, 2016

    Whatever happened to the good old practice of growing multiple crops in a year? As Tropical Cyclone Winston robbed a third of the Fijian farmers of their once-assured incomes from the time-tested bundle of root crops such as Yaqona, Cassava and Dalo, a group of villages in the western division have stepped up efforts to reclaim traditional farming practices for working their lands throughout the year for short, mid and long-duration yields.

  • Loan provides energy for homes in the Solomon Islands Jun 6, 2016

    Single mother and sole bread winner Mary Pako received solar lighting in her home for the first time last year. The 45-year-old, who lives in a remote village of Tenarau in the Guadalcanal province of the Solomon Islands is a client of the South Pacific Business Development Solar Lighting Loan.

  • Veteran vendor reminisces her 45 years at the market May 31, 2016

    If you like cultural itineraries that are literally filled with flavours and colours, a visit to the Nadi market in the Western side of Fiji, is a tour not to be missed. A huge variety of locally grown produce, from familiar fruits and vegetables to various exotic fruits.

  • Improving climate change adaptation capacities in Santa Catalina May 25, 2016

    Many of us have never considered what it would be like to live without easy access to water. We take for granted that when we turn on our taps in our kitchens and bathrooms, clean water will for certain pour forth into our cups, drink bottles, tubs and sinks. But for communities living with limited natural water resources and the impacts of climate change influences, accessible and abundant clean water is a dream.

  • Cash for Work Brings Smiles to Cyclone-battered Villages, Helps Speed Up Massive Debris Cleaning May 25, 2016

    Three months after Tropical Cyclone Winston, Disoro Elenoa, 57, a small-time broom-maker of Nacamaki can hardly help tears well up in her eyes as she focuses on the more urgent business of putting together a bundle of brooms that she sends every week for sale in the markets of Suva.

  • Koro Island Villages Show Resolve to Clean Up After Cyclone Winston May 22, 2016

    Dealing with the immediate aftermath of the severe Tropical Cyclone Winston is a situation weather-made for the UNDP debris clearance experts who have been busy working with the villagers in two of the most severely affected provinces of Fiji. Under the UNDP and Ministry of Youth and Sports-supported Cash-for-Work programme, young women and men have been targeted for training in village-level debris clearance in Koro Island.

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