22nd October 12:09 AM
Naitasiri Provincial Council formally presented with WHO Best Proposal Award
By Iva Danford
Monday 09/10/2017
Minister for Health Rosy Akbar

The Naitasiri Provincial Council was today formally presented with their Best Proposal Award for 2017, under the ‘WHO Healthy Islands Recognition Programme’ which was established in 2010 in Geneva by the Pacific Ministers.

While speaking at the awards presentation Minister for Health Rosy Akbar says a diversity of Healthy Island initiatives has been developed to date, and some sterling and pioneering work in Healthy Islands needs to be recognised.

She says a program of this nature is a gateway to leverage greater community support, as it enables the communities and countries to take pride in championing their health through innovating and demonstrating effective ways of promoting and protecting the health of their populations.

Akbar says the WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2017 has been accepted and assessed under two categories which is the Best Practice award and the Best Proposal Award.

Best Proposal recognition is given for work proposed in the areas of community‑based efforts or multi‑sectoral engagement.

The Naitasiri Provincial Council was operationalising Healthy Island Initiatives through ‘Provincial Health Model’ focusing on Provincial, District and Village levels.

The proposal intends to utilize traditional structures to revitalize the Healthy Island concept at the provincial level.

The World Health Organization also donated a printer, laptops and materials to help in the operation of their Provincial Health Model.

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