A project aiming to boost access to health clinics on Rarotonga has gone from dream to completion, thanks to the dedication of a group of Rotary Club members in Masterton, New Zealand.
World TB Day, observed on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year, mostly in developing countries.
New Zealand is donating $50,000 to mental health in the Cook Islands, and a portion of that money will go towards alcohol awareness and restarting local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
With a new outbreak of dengue in surrounding Pacific islands, the Cook Islands Ministry of Health held a stakeholders meeting last Friday to examine the state of dengue surrounding the Cooks, and at prevention measures.
Bottles of mass-produced coconut cooking oil are being passed off as the medicinal herbal ointment akari pi, also known as “Mauke miracle oil”.
Prominent members of the community and the health sector will air their views on how effectively mental health issues are being addressed in the Cook Islands at a Speaker’s debate on Thursday.