Vanuatu To Host 20th South Pacific Nurse Forum In 2020

Team Vanuatu nurses and Dr. Andy Ilo attended the South Pacific Nurses Forum in the Cook Islands from October 15-18, 2018. They are pictured here with Ms. Elizabeth Iro, the newly appointed Head of Nursing, World Health Organization, Geneva

Vanuatu will be hosting the 20th South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPNF) in 2020.

This is a biannual event and is usually held in concurrent with the South Pacific Chief Nurses & Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) Meetings. Vanuatu was nominated and accepted the ‘Stik Fire’ from Cook Islands in Rarotonga, 18 October 2018 to host this event in 2020.

The host venue will be Port Vila. This is a huge but exciting undertaking by the nurses of Vanuatu and will need the support of everyone in the Vanuatu community, the Government, health leaders, partners and all stakeholders of the nursing profession.

11 nurses from around Vanuatu travelled to the Cook Islands in October this year to participate in the 19th South Pacific Nurses Forum and the meeting of the South Pacific Chief Nurses & Midwifery Officers Alliance.

The Vanuatu team included nurses from Lolowai Hospital, Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu College of Nursing & Midwifery Education, the Principal Nursing Officer, the Principal Human Resource Development Officer and the Northern Provincial Hospital in Santo.

Included in the Santo team also was the Medical Superintendent Dr. Andy Ilo, who is very supportive of the nursing profession in Vanuatu.

It was reported by the Principal Nursing Officer Mrs. Bertha Tarileo, of the Ministry of Health that the Cook Island forum experience had a great impact in motivating the team Vanuatu nurses to accept to host this event in 2020.

This is expected to be a big event, as 2020 is also the Anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the famous founder of the modern day Nursing Profession.

Usually, the attendance at the bi-annual forum is always at least 200 people.

The nurses who come to the forum from all over the Pacific Island countries including New Zealand and Australia and even from Europe (WHO, ICN & ICM) always come with friends and family members.

As such 2020 for Vanuatu will also be very good for the tourism industry and a great opportunity to show case our rich Vanuatu culture, as the forum program always include a “Cultural Night” and feast by the host country.

Everyone needs a nurse at some stage, everywhere, anywhere you go everyone will need a nurse to care and to nurse them back to health.

Therefore everyone in the community is a stakeholder of the nursing profession.

The Nurses of Vanuatu are now asking for everyone’s support in the preparations to host this major event in 2020.

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