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Five-year grant targets diabetes, infant mortality

By Nasik Swami SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 28, 2011) – AusAID has given a total of $27.6 million to Fiji over the next five years for improvements and developments for our health sector.

Ministry of Health spokesman Peni Namotu said the aid is part of a five year plan for the ministry to boost primary health care in Fiji.

[PIR editor’s note: AusAID is an overseas aid program of the Australian government. ]

Namotu said the Australian government has always funded various key developments for the ministry and their continuous support will enable the ministry to provide excellent health services to the people of Fiji.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr Sala Saketa said the aid would assist in their efforts to achieve a higher level of strategic objectives in relation to infant mortality, maternal mortality and prevention and management of diabetes as outlined in the ministry’s Strategic Plan for 2011 to 2015.

"The FHSSP is really a commitment by the Australian Government to support its Fijian counterpart’s effort to accelerate the achievements of its goals," Dr Saketa said. "Additionally, it is to provide support to the health systems through strategic and corporate planning, health information, monitoring and evaluation, supervision, critical and quality improvement and also risk management."

Meanwhile Acting Head of Mission of the Australian High Commission Judith Robinson said the funding will address Fiji’s critical issues relating to infant and maternal mortality and diabetes.

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