A Public Health Study Tour from Griffith University, Australia visited the United Nations (U.N.) at the One-UN House at Tuana’imato on Monday.
Supported through a scholarship programme called ‘The New Colombo Plan’, the Study Tour is made up of undergraduate and post-graduate health students visiting Samoa to gain international first-hand experience of population health in Samoa.
Students met with representatives from U.N.I.C.E.F, U.N.F.P.A. and the U.N.D.P. Global Fund and held informative discussions on both the resepective and joint efforts of U.N. agencies in strengthening and supporting the health sector and services in Samoa.
Dr. Neil Harris, an Associate Professor of Griffith University welcomed the opportunity for students to meet the representatives of UN agenices in Samoa.
“The Tour is the first step towards initiating and building relationships between Griffith University and the Samoa Ministry of Health, and relevant organisations,” said Dr. Harris.
“We want our young people to get to know our neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region and to build relations and raise awareness and understanding of public health in other countries, as well as health care culture in Samoa.”
Welcoming the Study Tour and initiative to build relations and awareness, Latoya Lee of U.N.F.P.A. acknowledged the efforts of the Griffith University in this regard.
“These study tours and visits are important in raising awareness and understanding of the Pacific health context, as well as expand on student learning, particularly with regard regional health challenges and developments outside of one’s home country. We welcome and look forward to more of these visits to the UN in Samoa,” said Ms. Lee.
The Study Tour will depart Samoa at the end of the week.