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ANXIETY – Being afraid of your own mind!

Sometimes a symptom and at other times a disorder, anxiety itself is not a medical condition but a normal reaction, that is vital for survival when people find themselves in a dangerous situation.

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Betel nut use in the Pacific

Betel nut is the fourth most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine. Its main active psychoactive component, called arecoline, is thought to cause adverse health effects. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that the betel nut is a carcinogen

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Continuing Nursing Education: Breaking the Barriers

The nursing pledge to maintain and elevate professional standards is reflected through the commitment of health workers towards lifetime learning. This dedication to continuing professional development guarantees advanced and contemporary patient care. However, access to affordable continuing nursing education remains a barrier.

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Dedicated e-learning Platform

How Pacific island countries combined forces to create an e-learning platform that builds the skills of doctors and nurses and improves health care

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EVERY BLOOD DONOR IS A HERO!

Every year, on 14th of June, we celebrate the spirit and contributions of countless blood donors, who have or are willing to voluntarily donate blood; blood that could be the only difference between life and death.

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Fight Infections and Spread the Word With our Infection Control Course for Nurses

Infections are diseases caused by infectious agents (known collectively as pathogens) such as viruses, bacteria or fungi. Colds and flus are familiar infections that all of you have experienced at some point in your lives. New infections begin when pathogens leave the body of their host (the infected individual in which the pathogens are multiplying) and enter a new one.

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HIV and AIDS - A Unique Dilemma

Human immunodeficiency viruses are members of the retrovirus family, originating from the simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) of primates. HIV-1 in humans is derived from SIV of chimpanzees; HIV-2 in humans is derived from SIV of Sooty mangabey monkeys. Unlike other viral invasions, unfortunately, complete removal of HIV is impossible and once it has invaded, it remains in patients’ body forever.

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Hypertension and Life Style Modification

Hypertension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in arteries is persistently higher than what normally it should be.Each year on May 17th, World Hypertension Day is observed to acknowledge the disease’s burden on health of a significant population of the world

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Infant immunisation: Safe, effective and essential

Infants are extremely vulnerable to infections; that is why it is so important to protect them via immunisation. Infant immunisation is a process to build active immunity in infants and toddlers against disease for a better chance of survival.

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The Importance of Choosing the Right CPD

Medical education is rapidly changing due to evolving medical science. In particular, societal expectations and the increased disease burden are affecting this. Contemporary healthcare therefore now demands that doctors and nurses continuously improve their competencies in order to achieve an adaptive skill mix. Continuing professional development (CPD) is an ideal way for health workers to brush up on their knowledge in this way.

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Transforming and scaling up health professionals' education

POLHN continuing professional development (CPD) courses focus on lessons learnt, best practices, and evidence-based practice. In this way, they are designed to boost knowledge, skills, attitudes and performance of health workers. Courses are designed to improve the overall health care system by enhancing the competencies of the front line workers in the areas of clinical and public health education, policy and regulation.

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World Malaria Day 2019: Zero malaria starts with me

World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April, with the aim of highlighting the need for continued commitment toward malaria prevention, control, and elimination. This year’s theme is “Zero malaria starts with me

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