He might be here on a flying visit to support this year’s Red Cross Charity Ball, but New Zealand doctor Lance O’Sullivan is cramming as much as he possibly can into his three days here in the Cook Islands.
This story is part two of a two-part series examining sex researcher Dr Debi Futter-Puati’s work regarding sex and sexual relationships amongst Cook Islands youth.
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.