Ola Manuia: Pacific Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2020–2025

The Ministry of Health developed Ola Manuia: Pacific Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2020–2025 with input from Pacific communities, the health sector, and relevant government agencies, to provide a new direction for Pacific health and improve Pacific health and wellbeing. This plan builds on the successes of ‘Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–2018’ (Ministry of Health 2014).  

The plan can be used as a tool for planning, prioritising actions, and developing new and innovative methods of delivering results to improve Pacific health.

HPF's Executive Director Sione Tu'itahi said the plan’s cross-governmental approach to addressing not only diseases, but the underlying determinants of health such as education, housing and systems was encouraging

Mr Tu'itahi said having Thriving Pacific families as a sub-theme of the plan could also 'open doors into closer collaboration with Pacific communities, tapping into one of the core strengths of Pacific communities – the family.

“As seen in the Covid-19 situation, the adverse health and economic impact of the pandemic on Pacific peoples was largely cushioned by the collective and reciprocal dynamics of families and other Pacific institutions such as the Church and Pacific providers.

'But the new plan’s outcomes of ‘Pacific people lead independent and resilient lives, longer good health and equitable health outcome’ can be realised if there is adequate resources allocated, a competent workforce, and close collaboration between Pacific communities, all providers, and public institutions.'