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Pacific Health Ministers Meeting

Image:  12th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting - Rarotonga, Cook Island (2017)

Health ministers from Pacific island countries and areas will gather in Papeete, French Polynesia for the 13th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting.

The biennial meetings of Ministers of Health for the Pacific Island Countries help develop a consensus view of health in the Pacific and set future directions in the effort to build Healthy Islands.


September 11 2019

The Pacific is known for its subsistence living, communal farming practices and self-sufficiency when it comes to fresh farm produce. But the region also has a growing reputation as having one of world’s highest Non-communicable disease (NCDs) rates. For centuries the Pacific way of life has proved to be a model of healthy living practices and harmony with the environment. Sadly, the emergence of modern unhealthy diets, climate change and other environmental factors that influence unhealthy lifestyles and behaviours has dramatically impacted the health of Pacific people.

August 7 2019

Speech of the President Edouard Fritch, French Polynesia Presidency

Official opening of the 13th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting

07 August 2019 - Papeete (French Polynesia)

Honourable Regional Director of the World Health Organization, Dear Doctor KASAI,

Honourable Health Ministers, Dear Friends from The Pacific,

onourable Director-General of the South Pacific Community,

Ladies and gentlemen, in your ranks and functions,

Dear friends,

Welcome all of you to French Polynesia.