Latest News Archive February 2024

Senior Foreign Secretary officials from Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu attended the dialogue and commended the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade for hosting the inaugural informal Meeting in Honiara.

"Tok Stori" Dialogue Concluded Successfully

The inaugural Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials “Tok Stori” ended successfully last week with a number of outcomes agreed upon by officials attending the dialogue.
The aim of the event was to engage with members of Honiara communities around Kukum in the lead up to the National General Elections (NGE) scheduled for 17 April 2024.

Police Organised Community Engagement Event

Members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), Australian Federal Police (AFP), RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) and the Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF) conducted a joint community engagement event recently at Kukum.
The USD13 million project has supported various activities that aim to boost COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts, and to strengthen health systems for future outbreaks to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services in the country.

World Bank on Implementation Support Mission to MHMS

A World Bank team is currently in Honiara on an implementation support mission to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
In the new Education Act 2023, there is a provision that allows for the use of local vernacular, Pijin, English, or sign language either individually or in combination, tailored to the students' needs.

Education Takes Direction to Support Early Learners with Language

Dr. Franco Rodie, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), has highlighted the ministry’s direction to support early learners using language as medium of instruction.
The new centre will function as a tributary or feeder for the Lata Fishery Centre and Honiara Markets and also a source of fish market for communities in and around Reef Islands who wants to buy fish.

New Fishery Home for Reef Islands

The Reef Islands in Temotu Province now boast a newly completed permanent fishery center at Nyialo village on Lomlom Island.
Australia's support for Jenly Wini (r) highlights the collaborative efforts between the two nations in promoting sports at all levels.

Iron Lady Sets Off to Oceania Weightlifting Championships

In a testament to resilience, strength, and unwavering dedication, the Solomon Islands' weightlifting sensation, Jenly Wini, fondly referred to as the "Iron Lady," is set to make waves at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Auckland this week.
Once completed, the community will be able to access high quality and specialised health care at Tulagi, instead of being referred to Honiara which usually involves travel by outboard motor, posing risks for sick patients.

Tulagi Hospital Renovations Kick Off with Groundbreaking

Renovation work at Tulagi Hospital has kicked off with a ground breaking at the hospital compound, by the care taker Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana, the care taker Premier for Central Province Mr Polycarp Vakino Galaigu and the Super Construction Director, Mr Michael Leong.
This first incinerator, located at the back of Good Samaritan Hospital, in Tetere, Central Guadalcanal is worth around SBD1.3 million and should be completed and ready for handover next week.

Medical Waste Management Efforts Enhanced

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services welcomes the first of 4 medical waste incinerators funded by the World Bank’s Covid 19 Emergency Response Project through its Project Management Unit (PMU).
Building on the success of the Solomon Islands’ 2023 tour of Australia, the 2024 edition of the PacificAus Sports Futsal Series will see Miles Downie’s squad become the first visiting side to take on the Solomon Islands’ Kurukurus at Honiara’s newly constructed Friendship Hall.

Futsalroos set for Solomon Islands

Australia’s Futsalroos will return to the international stage for the first time in an action-packed 2024, travelling to the Solomon Islands for a three-match series from February 21-25.
The Solomon Islands needing at least a draw to guarantee a semi-final spot, the forward struck a hat-trick to secure a 3-1 win over Fiji and top spot in the Group.

Solomon Islands Stun Fiji to Qualify for Semi - Finals

They say form is temporary and class in permanent. That adage rang true for the Solomon Islands who have qualified for the semi-finals at the Olympic Women’s Football Tournament – Oceania Qualifier in Apia.
The advice is to check weather updates through reliable sources such as SIBC or by calling the Met Service at toll-free number 933 or via phones 36310 or 24219.

Police Rescues Eight Passengers Stranded at Sea

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Maritime Division successfully rescued eight passengers stranded between the Florida Islands (Ngella) and Guadalcanal on February 8, 2024.
Take that trip to Munda to experience the Sunset vibes on Lola Island. How can you resist?

"Spread the Love" Special Fares Announced

Solomon Airlines is sharing the love this forthcoming Valentines Day, by announcing a “Spread the Love Sale” offering 30% off return fares between Honiara and selected domestic destinations.
MHMS Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Pauline McNeil, and KOICA, Country Director Mr. Kapchae Ra signed the documents to boost support to Maternal Health Care.

KOICA to Support Maternal Health and Child Care

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have recently signed a Record of Discussions that will boost maternal health care in the Solomon Islands.

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