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Health experts collaborate to provide support to Tuvalu amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Tuvalu was COVID-19 free up until October 2022 however since that time, reported community transmission of COVID-19 cases as of 24 November 2022 has now reached 2362.

The Pacific Community (SPC) with funding support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will deploy a team comprising of 5 nurses, SPC’s Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) advisor and Clinical Services advisor. The nurses departed for Tuvalu over the weekend.

Strengthening radiology services in the Pacific Region: Meet Nalini Vandana Prasad, Medical Imaging Technologist in Fiji

A group of 22 radiologists from 7 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in 2021, enrolled and completed the International Certificate in Radiology Fundamentals, in another step to broaden the region’s medical expertise.

The Pacific Community (SPC) with funding from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) facilitated this opportunity offered by Radiology Across Borders (RAB) in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Sharing health resources to reduce wastage

Every consumable product has a shelf life, and it is no different when it comes to health resources and medical supplies. Medicines and medical supplies tend to lose their effectiveness over time and lead to wastage.

According to the World Health Organisation, about 85% is general non-hazardous waste generated by healthcare. It is noted that the quantity of healthcare waste in the Pacific is increasing as population grows demanding more medical services.

Hand hygiene auditor training for a standardized approach

Infection, prevention, and control (IPC) focal points from Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, and Solomon Islands successfully completed a 10-hour hand hygiene Gold standard auditors training. They are now recognised as the first cohort of IPC focal points in the Pacific as Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) Gold Standard Compliance Auditors & Assessors, and are now able to train general auditors making the program more sustainable at country level.

The training was held virtually during the first week of April and was facilitated by Kate Ryan, HHA Manager and Program coordinator.

PGCFE Refresher Training for Fiji

The PGCFE course under the SHIP-DDM capacity development program was started in Fiji back in 2019.The Fiji cohort completed Modules 1,2 and 3 between 2019-2020.However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was on hold temporarily. This refresher training is being implemented to review the important topics from the previous three modules before progressing to the final two modules of the course.