Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Programme to improve Polynesian cancer outcomes

Manatū Hauora’s Polynesian Health Corridors (PHC) programme is working with partners to design a multi-year cancer control programme to improve cancer outcomes in Polynesia.

PHC is working with Te Aka Mātauranga Matepukupuku, Cancer Research Centre and Te Poutoko Ora a Kiwa, Centre for Pacific and Global Health, within Waipapa Taumata Rau, The University of Auckland and six partner countries on the design of the programme.

The cancer control programme will be designed in partnership with PHC’s partner countries, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

“Cancer control has been identified by Polynesian health leaders as a priority, and a key focus area for the PHC programme,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“Following the design phase undertaken by Waipapa Taumata Rau, PHC will support the six countries to implement planned activities. This will include connecting to the New Zealand Health System.”

The design phase is expected to be largely completed by the middle of next year, with next steps starting soon after.

PHC is a New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) funded programme set up in 2020 to strengthen links between Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system and partner countries. PHC is part of the Global Health Group at the Public Health Agency|Te Pou Hauora Tūmatanui within Manatū Hauora.

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