Pacific Island Health Research Symposium

On the 29th and 30th of August the Fiji National University hosted the Pacific Island Health Research Symposium on the Coral Coast, Fiji. The Symposium was the biggest conference of its kind in Fiji, and included presentations from students and academics from Fiji, neighboring Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand. A diverse range of […]

Scaling-up food policy interventions to reduce NCDs in the Pacific Islands

In August this year, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants were officially awarded through the Global Alliance of Chronic Disease (GACD) funding round, focused on scaling up interventions to reduce the burden of diabetes and hypertension. The George Institute was awarded funding in partnership with Fiji National University, Deakin University and the University […]

Estimating mean population salt intake in Fiji and Samoa using spot urine samples

Lab measurements

Santos JA et al estimated mean population salt intake in Fiji and Samoa using spot urine samples compared with measured salt intake from 24 hour urine samples in a sample of 414 and 725 participants from Fiji and Samoa respectively. They found that the INTERSALT equation with potassium produced the closest salt intake estimates in […]

Costa Rica – World Health Day celebration

The Costa Rican team of the multi-center project “Scaling-up and evaluating salt reduction policies and programs in five countries in Latin America” launched open educational materials for World Heart Day celebrations on the 29th of September. These educational materials are intended to sensitize and develop skills in children, adolescents and their families to reduce excessive […]