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Using ‘sensemaking’ to calibrate our response to COVID-19

In February 2020, I was in New York for work and the buzz around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was growing and picking pace. A week after I returned to Fiji, the borders closed. Almost a year…  


The positive spin-off of a global pandemic in a Small Island Developing State

About a year ago, Fiji and its neighboring Pacific island countries watched in horror as the coronavirus pandemic began to hit bigger developed countries with crippling effects to their economies.…  


Continuation of sexual and reproductive health services is vital in the face of COVID-19

In Tonga, the Government has deemed sexual and reproductive health services as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this World AIDS Day, we are reminded that eliminating stigma and…  


An integrated approach to community health service delivery in Samoa

An integrated approach to deliver health services in Samoa is proving to be an effective and sustainable way to respond to health care challenges and reach vulnerable communities. The approach is now…  


Strengthening the capacity of health workers to end TB in Nauru

Considerable progress has been made on tuberculosis in the Western Pacific region over the past few decades, but more work is needed to meet targets set out in global strategies aimed at bringing an…  


Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Fiji

The assessment is guided by the UN Secretary General's Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19, analysing actual and potential losses for Fiji's economy and vulnerable groups a…  


Digital finance, a lifeline during COVID-19 crisis, can deliver long-term financing of the Sustainable Development Goals

Unleashing potential of digital finance could have transformational impact on sustainable development says group of financial, business, government and development leaders convened by the UN…  


Five new medical ventilators officially handed over to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health

Five new medical ventilators have been officially handed to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services this morning to strengthen its COVID-19 preparedness.  


Progress against the multiple dimensions of poverty was made before the pandemic – but now it is at risk

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we need to look beyond income to tackle poverty in all its forms.  


Ensuring uninterrupted HIV, TB and malaria services in the time of COVID-19

The health community in the Western Pacific is adapting to make sure vulnerable populations are not left behind.  

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