The first ever national health research symposium is currently underway.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are hosting the event.
The symposium is being held at the SINU Kukum Campus which kicked off on Thursday and will end Friday.
A jointed statement from the MHMS/WHO Communications unit said, over the two days, stakeholders within the public health network are coming together and highlight current research being conducted in Solomon Islands.
“The symposium provides opportunities for researchers to share their findings and gain training in new research skills.
“It is a valuable opportunity to strengthen the connection between researchers and policy makers.”
Dr Chris Becha of MHMS opened the symposium saying “health research is a priority for our government and the research workforce has an essential role in improving the health and wellbeing of Solomon Islanders, now and in the future”.
Dr Glynn Galo of SINU emphasised that health is a high priority for SINU and “as part of the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network, SINU is well placed to pay special attention to health issues in our region.”
Presentations will cover priority issues including non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, maternal health and social determinants of health.
Dr Audrey Aumua of WHO thanked the research community for their work.
She said, “Research is critical for health as it informs effective public health action and it can ensure that the decisions we make at the policy level are founded on the best evidence available.”