TopWan Brand launchedVanuatu Daily Post – Two local Community Based sanitation Enterprises (CBEs) established last year targeting families in Blacksands and Erakor Half-Road achieve better health and well-being through access to toilets and safe sanitation, have recently launched TopWan Brand and few of their original products.

The new brand name is used by the two CBEs, Tuburah Sanitation Enterprise and Samapeta Sanitation Enterprise, to market their products and services that they provide in Blacksand and Erakor Half Road.

TopWan branded toilet and sanitation products are produced, installed and sold by both CBEs.

Launched by the Minister of Health, Jerome Ludvaune and Australian High Commission Senior Program Manager, Patrick Haines, the launching is an outcome of a project implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education Vanuatu called Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Progam.

Both Community based sanitation enterprises are already marketing their products which include portable toilets, toilet papers, and sanitary pads.

The portable toilets, according to Mrs. Iva Koroisamanunu have been designed to be used by old people or people living with disabilities for easy access to toilets instead of walking long distances to toilets.

“There have been people living in Blacksands area who have shown interests at purchasing the portable toilets. The toilets are easy to use and clean.”

Speaking at the launching, Minister Ludvaune thanked Live & Learn for coordinating the project. He confirmed that if the project turned out successful, the Ministry of Health would ensure this project is supported and developed in the future.

He also thanked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under the Australian Aid for improving sanitation and hygiene practices within peri-urban areas in Port Vila, by funding this project.

The minister congratulated both CBEs for their great achievement and wished them luck in their businesses.

Australian High Commission Senior Program Manager, Patrick Haines joined the Health minister to congratulate both CBEs and especially their managers who are both females for leading the project, so far a success story.

He remarked that the launching has marked another step forward for both CBEs. He also acknowledged Live & Learn for implementing this project and said he looked forward to a successful outcome.

Samapeta Sanitation Enterprise and Tuburah Sanitation Enterprise are urging the public to support their business to help promote a clean, healthy and happy family. TopWan toilet paper can be purchased in retail shops in Blacksands area and Erakor Half-Road.

ni-Vanuatu eating more imported than local food: QuestionnaireVanuatu Daily Post – More and more ni-Vanuatu are eating imported food than the local food, information gleaned from a survey that is part of awareness and consultations for a Food Security and Food Safety and Nutrition Policy for Vanuatu shows.

Mrs. Emily Tumukon, consultant for food security, food safety and nutrition policy says they are finding that people are tended to be swayed to look at accepting or preferring to eat what is imported rather than what is grown.

“What is locally grown is healthier, more nutritious, you have access to it, it is readily available but people are changing their lifestyles,” she says.

“With this there is an issue.

“I’m sure you know that we have NCD (non-communicable diseases) issues which have become a crisis for us,” Tumukon tells 96 BuzzFM’s Vanuatu Nightly News host Kizzy Kalsakau.

“How do we address this? So, having a policy in place gives guidance to how we can fully address the issue of NCD and fully address awareness programs.”

“From what I gathered from questionnaires that I gave out, awareness from agriculture or awareness from health is probably zero to one in a year.

“Already this is showing that some people are not being aware of issues related to food,” she lamented.

Mrs. Tumukon also pointed to the fact that different islands have different issues and challenges as regards food security.

“For example Paama. It is an island on which there haven’t been much government consultations that go there.

“But from what I’ve found out that they are rich with resources in terms of our local food, they have everything from wild yam to kumala, to pawpaws, all the nut trees and they have all that.

“But what are the people actually eating. They are actually eating imported food stuff and what is left in the gardens is what in most times is left to rot.

The food security and food safety and nutrition policy will also aim to tackle imported food and how best Vanuatu can address its food security issues and ensured that people are food secured.

It is hoped to get the policy endorsed through the government system and start using by the end of 2017.

Policy consultant, Emily Tumukon, said the consultation for Efate will be held on Thursday this week at the Moorings Hotel in Port Vila, starting at 9am and lasting until 4pm.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: Cell # 678 5460922