November 25, 2017
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the major cause of the death in Solomon Islands. NCDs include cardiovascular diseases (stroke and heart attack), diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. Particularly, the death rate for diabetes in the Solomon Islands is ranked to be 7th in the world (WHO report). The prevalence of these NCDs are gradually increasing and contributing to negative impact in the people's life. This high prevalence is causing large consumption of medical expenses from the national health budget. The Solomon Islands needs to take a strong action to prevent and stop the increase of NCDs in the country.
Considering this situation, the Health Promoting Village Project started last year in collaboration with the Ministry Health and Medical Services and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Project aims at establishing a new model of Health Promoting Village Program which builds the system for Healthy Village Promoters (HVPs) in communities as a national program. HVPs are to be selected by the communities and trained to effectively contribute to conducting health awareness activities, providing basic health services and supporting health services which are related with four national health programs including NCDs, Nutrition, Malaria prevention and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).
The Project conducted the training for the first group of HVPs at SWIM for 2 weeks commencing from the 13th to 24th of November 2017. Eleven (11) candidates for HVP from three villages, Tombosa, Hulavu and Sumate in Guadalcanal were trained in this period. Four persons from Tumbosa were Rossie Kapini, Lorrish Gela, Irine Daina and Manifest Samu, 3 persons from Sumate are Rosilio Rotasi, Joanah T. Rosalio, and Phillip Tave and 4 persons from Hulavu are Densia Matei, Geralda Mary, Melisah Kaje and Julie Rota. After taking the second training for 4 days later, they will receive a formal certificate of Health Village Promoter.
The same training will be conducted in Makira-Ulawa Province for 17 candidates from 27th of November to 8th of December. This HVP system will be expanded in other villages gradually to promote health awareness activities and access for health services in remote area.
JICA is working to provide healthy life to all of people including people in Solomon Islands for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).