- TRAINING TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR FIJIAN WOMEN – As part of its commitment to empower women in Fiji, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation will conduct a three-day workshop to develop women’s leadership role.
- FIJI AND VANUATU TO DEVELOP COOPERATION IN SPORTS EDUCATION – Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports Mr Viliame Naupoto will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with his Vanuatu counterpart Honourable Anthony Wright at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi tomorrow (Wednesday – 23rd April).
- ImmuniSation Program Aims to Achieve 100-percent Coverage – Women across the country are encouraged to take part in an immunization program aimed at preventing Hepatitis B.
1 TRAINING TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP ROLE FOR FIJIAN WOMEN
As part of its commitment to empower women in Fiji, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation will conduct a three-day workshop to develop women’s leadership role.
The Ministry of Women director Arieta Moceica said the training which will include basic communication and leadership skills is aimed at engaging women especially those in rural communities. She added that the training is intended to encourage more women in these communities to take on a more proactive and influential role.
“We have 100 women that hold chiefly titles, in many cases women that hold such roles are not seriously considered so this training will empower them as well to lead their people to be vocal in village meetings.”
“The exercise will also coincide with the Women Expo held from the 6-8 of August,” Mrs Moceica said.
She explained the Women Expo is also aimed for women to exchange ideas on how well they can work together to address women issues and improve the lives of women in living in our rural areas.
Meanwhile, the Department of Women is in the process of reviewing Fiji’s international obligations to international conventions and how these commitments include the needs and challenges of women in rural and isolated communities across the country.
The training is scheduled to take place in August this year.
2 FIJI AND VANUATU TO DEVELOP COOPERATION IN SPORTS EDUCATION
Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports Mr Viliame Naupoto will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with his Vanuatu counterpart Honourable Anthony Wright at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi tomorrow (Wednesday – 23rd April).
The Vanuatu Minister for Youth and Sports will be arriving into the country later today, accompanied by the Director General for Youth and Sports Mr Williams Nasak and Senior Sports Development Officer Mr Simione Roqara.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Mr Josefa Sania said that the “MOU is for the two countries to assist each other in the areas of physical education and sports cooperation and also develop mutually beneficial cooperation and exchange.”
“The two countries through the MOU wish to foster, promote and strengthen technical assistance in the development of sports programs and physical education curriculum and activities.
“There will be a regular exchange of sports delegation, experts, coaches and specialists, and exchange of information, methodologies in sports and technical literature.
“Teachers, coaches, and sports specialists of the two countries are expected to attend coordinated seminars, courses and scientific lectures organized in both countries covering topics in physical education and sports,” said Mr Sania.
He added that there will be more activities organised with other sporting bodies and institutions of both countries other than those under the respective government ministries.
Both the two countries will be sending their athletes to participate at the Pacific Games which will be held in Port Moresby, PNG from 4-18 July, 2015.
3 ImmuniSation Program Aims to Achieve 100-percent Coverage
Women across the country are encouraged to take part in an immunization program aimed at preventing Hepatitis B.
This was highlighted by the Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr Eloni Tora at the launch of the World Immunization Week beginning today. With the main focus of administering Hepatitis B vaccination, Dr Tora said that the vaccination program will focus on covering 100 percent of Fiji’s female population
He added that while statistics indicate that more than three million deaths globally are prevented every year due to immunization, an estimated 22.6 million infants worldwide don’t have access to a vaccination program.
“The Ministry will not rest and will improve program efficiency, increase vaccine coverage and link with other interventions to work better together to ensure a healthier community,” Said Dr Tora.
The World Health Organisation’s, Division of Pacific Technical Support Dr Valiakolleri Prakash representative added that while great progress has been made in controlling Hepatitis B, major challenges still remain and this is the time to increase awareness and commitment to control Hepatitis B.
Dr Tora added that the area that Fiji needs to strengthen is vaccination prevents against cervical cancer and urged parents to think of their daughters well being 10-to-30 years down the line.
Two key documents for immunization, National Immunization Policy 2013 – 2016 and the Cold Chain Guideline to ensure a more efficient program was also launched today.
A recent survey from the Ministry of Health indicate that 95-percent of babies are now vaccinated in Fiji compared to 79-percent in 2006.