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The Australian Government funded Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP) funded the construction of three temporary health facilities in Waimaro in Ra, Kese in Yasawa and Nasau on Koro island, where health facilities were completely destroyed by severe Tropical cyclone Winston in February 2016.

FHSSP Program Director Dr Rosalina Sa’aga-Banuve featured on Channel 9 News Australia  highlighting the positive impact the program is having on Fiji’s children.

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The Fiji Health Sector Support Program has engaged its Community Mobilization program to target women in the high risk areas to encourage behavior change amongst communities on the importance of Antenatal care through the development of an educational ANC flip chart.

The Australian Government, through the Fiji Health Sector Support Program is assisting the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services to improve the quality of clinical services for Anti-Natal Care and getting sub divisional and divisional hospitals to meet the Mother Safe Hospital Initiative Standard (MSHI).

The Australian Government funded Fiji Health Sector Support Program has provided technical and financial assistance to develop Fiji’s first comprehensive Diabetes Foot Care Practice Manual for front-line health care workers to be able to ‘inspect and protect’ the feet of diabetic clients.  Fiji has one of the highest rates of amputation in the Pacific, with one amputation performed every 12 hours.

The Fiji Health Sector Support Program, through the Australian Government, helped introduce three new vaccines in Fiji in 2012. Two years on, Fiji now has a 95% immunisation coverage rate. In addition, FHSSP has helped establish a long term Vaccine Evaluation program to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the new immunisation program.

The Fiji Health Sector Support Program, through the Australian Government, continues to assist the Ministry of Health and Medical Services improve access to reliable data for evidence based decision making through the Public Health Information System (PHIS).

On average Cervical cancer kills one woman every week in Fiji. Prevention and diagnosis of cervical cancer is essential to reverse this number. To improve diagnosis of cervical cancer the FHSSP and the Ministry of Health have introduced VIA or visual inspection with ascetic acid which is a simple procedure to identify cervical abnormalities before it becomes cancerous. The test is conducted in the community and some treatment can be provided for simple abnormalities while more complicated abnormalities will be referred for treatment.

 

The Fiji Health Sector Support Program is assisting the Fiji Ministry of Health revitalise an effective and sustainable network of village/community health workers as the first point of contact with the health system for people at community level.

 

Since 2013 the Australian Government through the Fiji Health Sector Support Program has been funding Empower Pacific to provide counselling services in hospitals and health centres. 

 

The Australian Government is providing FJD $1.25 million to the Fiji Government in response to the dengue fever outbreak currently affecting Fiji. These funds are inclusive of the FJD $170,000 announced by the Australian High Commission in early March, 2014. The handover ceremony was held on March 21st, 2014. In response, FHSSP has developed the first of two video’s to highlight the assistance during the Dengue outbreak.

In response to a request from the Ministry of Health, the Australian Government has committed $170,000 to assist with the dengue response. These funds will assist with the purchase of vital consumables needed to treat dengue patients as well as contribute to a public health campaign which is currently underway to raise public awareness of dengue fever, its prevention and treatment. The Australian Government is providing this assistance through its health program, the Fiji Health Sector Support Program.

February 2014: FHSSP Dengue TVC 1

February 2014: FHSSP Dengue TVC 2

In October 2013, the Fiji Health Sector Support program, through the Australian Government provided the Fiji Ministry of Health with FJD$395,000 worth of biomedical equipment. Baby Hope, who was born with complications, was the first to benefit from the equipment which has given her a second chance at life.

FHSSP, through the Australian Government provided an NCD tool Kit to 18 Public Health Dietitians to trial the ‘screen and intervene’ process on the certain lifestyle risk factors for major NCDs. These interventions provide early management of lifestyle risk factors, hence delaying or avoiding the development of NCDs which is one of the leading cause of death amongst Fijians.

 

FHSSP funds nurses and dieticians in Fiji to screen people in the community for diabetes and high blood pressure – two of Fiji’s highest causes of death. Screening assists people to understand their risks of these diseases and to make healthy choices for improved wellness.

15% of all deliveries result in complications regardless of preparedness. FHSSP funds doctors and nurses to improve their skills in responding to emergencies during and immediately after birth so that mothers and babies safe.

New vaccinnes Pneumococcal and Rotavirus were introduced in Fiji through a four-year cost-sharing agreement between the Ministry of Health AusAID worth $10 million.

More than 20,000 Fijian children born from September 17, 2012 will receive the new vaccines to prevent them from pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and diarrhoea.

The introduction of the new vaccines will ensure that Fiji achieve its Millenium Development Goal 4 targets.

A comprehensive media and communication strategy was applied during the 2012-2013 Fiji HPV campaign. This includes the production of Television commercials.

The Ministry of Health through a four-year cost sharing agreement worth $10 million with AusAID has introduce three new life-saving vaccines to Fiji. The introduction of the Pneumococcal, Rotavirus and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines into Fiji’s health system will immunize thousands of Fijians against pneumonia, diarrhoea, sepsis and cervical cancer.

The revatilisation of the community health workers network was launched and piloted in the Northern Division in 2012 and will be rolled out to other parts of Fiji in the years to come. This is essential as village/community health volunteers are the first contact of health services delivery in the rural areas.

Typhoid remains to be a concern for the health ministry in Fiji. FHSSP orgarnised a three-day roundtable discussions of health experts in 2012 to discuss and map a strategic solution in the combat against in Fiji.

 

The Emergency in Neo-natal and Obstetric Care [EmNOC] training is to upskill health professionals, especially nurses in managing expecting mothers with suspected complications, and apply safe and timely appropriate practice. The training was supported by FHSSP and was conducted in major divisional hospitals in Fiji.