Vanuatu women's group worried about potential travel bubble

The president of the City Centre Women in Business said their members were one of the first to come into contact with tourists, which poses a risk for contracting Covid-19.

Marie Rose Marango said the association had over 60 women and they sold their products in the centre of Port Vila, which was popular with visitors.

Marango said there had been no awareness by health authorities regarding future visitors to the country.

Pacific Aviation donates IT equipment to Vanuatu’s Education Ministry

The equipment which includes computers, laptops and printers will be used by the Ministry to support teachers and administrators most in need, including schools in Provinces affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

PASO General Manager, Andrew Valentine said the handover ceremony paved the way for more discussions on partnership opportunities.

 “The PASO Council made a deliberate decision at their July Council Meeting to donate retired IT equipment to Vanuatu schools as a meaningful way to support education in Vanuatu.”

Vanuatu to vaccinate 20 percent of population in first roll out phase

This comes after the Astra Zeneca vaccine was approved for use in Vanuatu last Friday by WHO through the Covax platform.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported the director general of health, Russel Tamata, said the roll out of the vaccine is tenatively planned for the middle of the year.

Tamata said Astra Zeneca was a good choice of vaccine for Vanuatu because it does not need to be stored in ultra-cold temperatures.

Adapting, learning and football – a Vanuatu student’s life in Beijing

Hello! My name is Johnny Heheina, the second last born son of late Misak Ture and Anita Sine.

I come from a small village called Arevrevbarai, located in the middle bush of Tarileo Districk, Aute, Vweuleo Region, North of Pentecost Island, Penama Province, Vanuatu.

With regards to my education background, I was an Anglophone speaker from year 1 to year 3 and a Francophone speaker from year 4 to year 8, then I switched back to Anglophone until year 13.

I ended my high school education at Malapoa College, the best of all time college in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu willing to take in Ahluwalia

This was the word from Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman.

He publicly declared that the USP Emalus Campus in Vanuatu was ready to host Prof Ahluwalia after his forceful removal from Fiji earlier this month.

Mr Loughman said Vanuatu as one of the 12-member countries was willing to give a work permit and prepare to host Prof Ahluwalia.

He called on other USP member countries who were not pleased with the shenanigans to voice their opinions to the council. Mr Loughman also called on the Fijian Government to work with the USP Council and management.

Vanuatu and New Caledonia launch safe travel Tamtam Bubble

From April, the so-called 'Tamtam Bubble' will allow easier travel between the covid-free Melanesian neighbours.

Travel will be restricted to Vanuatu's main island of Efate.

Launching the bubble on Friday, Bob Loughman said it would allow a resumption of business activities in the capital Port Vila and for Vanuatu students to resume studies in New Caledonia while others will be able to return home.

New Caledonia and Vanuatu's borders remain closed to travellers from other countries.

Vanuatu agriculture department supplies kava cuttings to Tanna kava farmers

The first distribution of kava planting materials of 81 bundles containing 972 kava  branches took place in the community of Iru tribe.

The Assistant Agriculture Officer (AAO) for West Tanna, Isaac Iaruel said, “The community members were happy to receive the kava planting materials as most of them are unable to grow kava after several years due to limited access to planting materials.”

Farming tools to benefit Paama families in Vanuatu

The assistance made possible through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Food and Agriculture Organisation project is intended to help communities improve their livelihood.

The households received spades, rakes, shovels, trowels, bush knives, watering cans, shed nets, seed trays, seeds and seasonal cropping calendar.

Area Secretary Cyrus Willie thanked DARD for selecting Paama island.

Vanuatu records 465 earthquake events in a week

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazard Department said people on Efate have been experiencing a swarm of earthquakes this week.

At the beginning of the month, there were two seismic swarms recorded in the country.

One of the earthquakes happened South of Matthew and Hunter after a major event that triggered a tsunami, which travelled to the northern islands.

However, the shaking of that earthquake was not felt by the locals and the tsunami did not cause any damage or casualties to any lives.

Enumerators to assess vaccines knowledge and practices in Vanuatu

The enumerators will travel out to all the provinces in the coming week to interview parents and caregivers, and health workers - all important partners to ensure all children receive vital vaccines by the time they celebrate their first birthday.

According to UNICEF Pacific, partner organisations carrying out this survey include Youth Challenge Vanuatu, Vanuatu Family Health Association and Vanuatu National Youth Council.

Despite significant increases in coverage rates achieved through the Expanded Programme on Immunisation challenges remain.