International collaboration on the health sector
A training course on controlling the lifestyle-related diseases was carried out at NHUW in October and November, 2009, and it was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The course was also held in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The governments of the Pacific region asked JICA to start a training program to control so-called lifestyle-related diseases. Since NUHW is a university with many departments related to various health issues, JICA asked for the university's cooperation. Hence, the Department of Health and Nutrition, the Department of Health and Sports, and the Department of Nursing worked together and launched a training course that aimed at controlling lifestyle-related diseases in 2009. NUHW has a profound knowledge of know-how in this field and started to construct a new training course. The training course for non-communicable diseases had not been developed until then. The course is highly appreciated by JICA. In the past four years, program participants came from such countries as Kiribati, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Tonga. The program has been well accepted by these governments and JICA. In 2013, the program was in its second year and in was held in October and November. See JICA training and dialogue programs for further details.