OWP 44 Tackling Nutrition in the Pacific
Issue 44 focuses on health and nutrition programmes in Kiribati. Recently we launched the Health Champions programme in South Tawara to enhance the skills of local women and youth to improve health outcomes, promote healthy lifestyles, as well as to increase financial literacy.
Kiribati — formerly Tungaru — is a series of 33 coral atolls stretching along the Equator only gaining independence from the UK and the US in 1979. Taking up 811 square kilometres of land across 3.5 million square kilometres of ocean, Kiribati is one of the nations most affected by environmental factors such as king tides and rising sea-levels.
Caritas works with the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru through Catholic Youth groups to deliver programmes focused on climate awareness and youth leadership, training for women, developing sustainable livelihoods and agricultural training for youth.
The Health Champions programme — launched in 2017 — engages and trains women and youth for sustainable futures.