Fight against climate change and health

12 August 2019

Hon Minister Jenny Salesa with SouthSeas Healthcare staff.

Associate Minister of Health Hon Jenny Salesa is committed to taking proactive actions to combat climate change and health and the impact of non-communicable disease crisis in Pacific Island countries.

At the World Health Organisation’s 13th Pacific Health Ministers’ forum in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Minister Salesa issued a media statement saying the opportunity to discuss health in the wider Pacific and hear from Pacific nations on their work is vital to ensuring the health of Pacific People in New Zealand.

“The forum will include a focus on climate change and health, a significant challenge for several Pacific nations, and is incredibly important for all countries represented to discuss, collaborate, and share knowledge and information on common health issues.”

“There will be discussion on non-communicable diseases; an area we know has an impact on Pacific people in New Zealand, such as diabetes heart disease, and working towards reducing obesity.”

Minister Salesa says the forum will provide an opportunity to discuss current and future issues related to immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases, health information systems and the health workforce.

These conversations form part of a continued commitment in Pacific communities to promote healthy lifestyles and looking after their health and wellbeing.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo says improving the health of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa is a challenge to all health providers and SouthSeas Healthcare is doing their part to deliver health services in a way that is more responsive to the needs of the Pacific communities we serve.

“Our work in SouthSeas is at the very heart of our communities and we strive to make a tangible difference to Pacific health. With the range of services we provide, we address the underlying causes of ill health such as poor housing, education, nutrition and exercise.”

“We aspire to deliver the best health care in South Auckland for our communities now and for future generations. This is our small contribution to the bigger picture to make real gains for the New Zealand health system overall.”

Minister Salesa is leading a delegation accompanied by Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health.

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