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Pacific Islands Forum, South Korea

Korea funds Pacific Islands health training

The Korean government and Pacific Islands Forum have renewed an agreement to support health improvements in the Pacific Islands region.

The Forum says its members are concerned that 75 per cent of all adult deaths in the Pacific are due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Republic of Korea Ambassador H.E. Cheong Hae-wook (left) signs the MOU to renew the ROK-PIF Cooperation Fund with Forum Secretariat Acting Secretary General, Mr Feleti Teo. Photo: PIFS

A grant of US$300,000 from the Republic of Korea will support a regional training program for primary healthcare workers to support the prevention and treatment of NCDs.

‘On behalf of the Secretary General and Members of the Pacific Islands Forum, I wish to thank the Republic of Korea for their generous and most appropriate support to assist the Pacific tackle NCDs,’ said Acting Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Feleti Teo at the signing this week.

The four-week training program will be implemented jointly by the Seoul National University Hospital and the Fiji School of Medicine. The Fiji School of Medicine will be providing administrative and logistical support, and the Seoul National University Hospital will be providing technical expertise. The training program will begin in October and will be held at the Fiji College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Services in Suva.

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