Time to express thanks

Dear Editor – Last Friday, 24 March, 2017, the Australian High Commission in Honiara issued a press release to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of Solomon Island’s Family Protection Act. The press release went on to mention the referral services of the SeifPles Crisis Centre, the Family Support Centre, the Christian Care…

Addressing water shortage on Tuwo

With an eroding coastline on an already limited landmass, the impacts of climate change, particularly sea-level rise and pronounced droughts have severe consequences on water and sanitation in the Solomon Islands. Tuwo community is an extremely isolated, rural village located on a small, low-lying island, part of a large coral atoll chain. The 531 people…

Logger accused of trespassing

The Central Provincial Government yesterday accused Metro Logging Company at Pavuvu in Russell Islands of trespassing into state owned land. Premier Patrick Vasuni yesterday said the logging company has built their access road into the provincial government block. “One of our provincial officers visited Pavuvu last week and saw that the logging company entered the…

‘Aligegeo shaped my life’

A Fijian woman says Aligegeo Provincial Secondary School helps to shape her life. Viniana Duituturanga was a student at Aligegeo from 1969 to 1971 when her father was a teacher there. Last week she visited her old school in Malaita. “Aligegeo School is my home from 1969 to 1971,” Duituturanga said. “I live and schooled…

Public asked to help fight TB

The national Tuberculosis (TB) programme is looking at engaging communities to help carry out the fight against TB in the country. Director Noel Itogo said it is important that communities must involve in this fight against the killer disease. “One of the main focuses of TB programme is to roll out TB services and engaged…

Red Cross outlines vision

“Our vision is to become the leading humanitarian organization in the Solomon Islands, improving the lives of vulnerable people,” says Solomon Island Red Cross (SIRC) President, Donald Tahani. SIRC have launched their Strategic Plan for the next four years last Wednesday. The highlight of their work plan goal is the aim to reach 30 per…

A bold new vision

In a report released by the WHO today, Thursday, 23 March 2017, (from which I quote) “A bold new plan developed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, with support from WHO, sets out the Pacific nation____s roadmap towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. “The plan defines what services are to…