Cook Islands Move to Improve Better Demographic Information

More news from the Cook Islands:

The Cook Islands want to improve the way they gather population statistics

Health Minister, Nandi Glassie, believes that gathering of facts and figures on births, deaths, marriages and health problems is vital in assisting the Government to decide what development programs to implement. Glassie says, “While gathering accurate statistics might sound boring, it was something Pacific nations needed to focus on if they wanted to make good decisions.”

Interestingly, the Cook Islands’ Government  keeps a record of Cook Islanders who live and die overseas, noting the reasons for their deaths in an effort to identify any health issues or trends that might have an impact on health services in this country.

It is hoped that the improved record keeping program will be implemented over the next ten years. Also, at the same time the goal is to make Cook Islanders more aware of the importance of population statistics.


About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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