Adventist Review Online | First-Ever Health Expo in Vanuatu Reaches Out to Local Community

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Event marked the start of Adventist Health Week in that South Pacific island nation.

A parade through the main street of Port Vila, the capital city of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, heralded the start of Adventist Health Week, which included the city’s first-ever health expo.

The Vanuatu Mobile Force Brass Band led the parade, which also featured students from Epauto Adventist Senior Secondary School, representatives from the Vanuatu Ministry of Health, Vanuatu Mission office staff, church members, school teachers, and an ambulance from Vila Central Hospital.

  • The Vanuatu Mobile Force Brass Band led the parade that marked the start of Adventist Health Week in the capital city of Port Vila. [Photo: Adventist Record]
  • Vanuatu Ministry of Health director general George Taleo said he is committed to annual support for the Health Week set up by Adventist Health Ministries. It is now part of the Ministry’s ongoing effort to fight non-communicable diseases in the country. [Photo: Adventist Record]
  • The June 18-20, 2019, church-run health expo, the first ever in Port Vila, Vanuatu, attracted hundreds of residents to Faiwa Park. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Vanuatu Ministry of Health director general George Taleo and representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) were among guests to the opening program. 

Taleo acknowledged the work being carried out by the Adventist Health Ministries department and said he would do everything in his power to support the initiative.

“I would like to support Health Week annually,” he said. “The event has now become part of the Ministry of Health business plan as one of the programs to combat non-communicable diseases.”

Port Vila’s first-ever health expo, held June 18-20, 2019 in Faiwa Park, had the theme “Prevention is better than cure.” Adventist Health partnered with the national Ministry of Health and Vila Central Hospital to provide essential health information, food sales, and health screenings for the public. Various church and non-profit groups ran booths on the premises, including the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Hope Books, the Adventist Welfare Society, and the Blood Bank of Vanuatu.

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