TWELVE health professionals who participated in the first module of a Pacific Operational Research course, have developed research protocols on several topics including tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases and leprosy.
The participants were from Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Organised jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the course is funded by SPC through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the World Diabetes Foundation.
RMI tuberculosis program co-ordinator Mareta Hauma said: "I find the operational research course to be really helpful especially to the big programs such as the tuberculosis program," she said.
Ms Hauma said she planned to conduct research on tuberculosis and diabetes and that she was eager to learn how to use the data in order to improve the TB program in Ebeye.
"After attending the first module of the course, I had a feeling that all the data that we had will be really useful if I apply this kind of research on it. I hope that we will be able to solve our own problems and also make great improvements to our program."