The 15 Rotary members have been on Rarotonga unloading a container sent from West Wollongong filled with medical equipment, paint, books, health equipment and a variety of other resources that have been donated to the Cook Islands.
The club has spent the past 11 months collecting a range of products to help out with various projects on the island.
Club member Robert Armessen said the bulk donation would be the first of many.
After speaking to a variety of people on the island, club members could see there was a need for the materials they had brought on their current trip, he said.
Armessen said they are happy to assist with the maintaining and upgrading of local health clinics and the various government ministries on Rarotonga.
“If we can supply materials and resources, then that is helpful and I’m sure it will all be put to good use.”
Chief Medical Officer Dr May Aung said she really appreciated the generous donation.
“Not only are we in need of medical equipment but there other items which we also need, such as paint.
“So on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Minister and secretary, we say thank-you.” Dr May said the paint will be of good use as they prepare for the Pacific Health Ministers meeting, to be held on Rarotonga in August this year.
Last year, Pacific Heads of Health tasked SPC and the World Health organisation to help with the development of a Healthy Islands Monitoring Framework
The framework is an important monitoring tool for the Pacific’s Healthy Island Vision, a developed by regional health ministers over 20 years ago to drive an integrated, holistic approach to health protection and promotion in the region.
Health ministers from around the region discussed the Monitoring Framework at a meeting in Suva, Fiji, last month and made changes and recommendations which will be put forward for approval at the Rarotonga meeting.