23 Jan 2009

Micronesia gets accredited health training programmes

3:59 pm on 23 January 2009

A regional health group is partnering with community colleges in the Micronesia region to launch the first accredited public health training programmes for health workers.

The Pacific Island Health Officers Association met in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro this week.

The Director of Clinical Services at Palau Hospital, Dr Gregory Dever, says that partnerships between US-affiliated health departments and community colleges in the region has led to new two-year degree courses.

Dr Dever also says it is also expanding efforts to recruit Pacific youth to take up health careers.

He says the first step in the plan is the rollout next month of the two-year degree programme in public health in Pohnpei

He says Palau Community College is expected to follow with a similar programme.

And he says its hoped a similar public health degree programme can be offered in Majuro.

Colleges in the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei and Palau are already providing nursing training.

And a plan of action for professional dental training is under consideration, which represents health leaders from Palau, FSM, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands and American Samoa.