Japan Supports Non-Communicable Disease Awareness In Fiji

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Agreement with JICA to boost prevention of NCDs over next 5-years

By Salaseini Moceiwai

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 1, 2015) – Fiji’s Health Ministry has yet again partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in its bid to increase awareness of non-communicable diseases.

Yesterday, the two organisations signed a five-year project term aimed to create awareness of the prevention of such diseases.

The project will be piloted in the Central Division, targeted at enhancing the wellness of community residents through interventions and reformed measures for evidence-based NCD prevention and control, and making improvements on the operational capacity and strengthening the capacity of monitoring and evaluation of such diseases.

Health Minister Jone Usamate thanked JICA for such an important step.

"As we all know, NCDs are the biggest health issues in the country at the moment," Mr Usamate said.

"They are the very diseases that cause a lot of problems in most of the people's lives in Fiji nowadays and we are very grateful that we have now entered into a collaboration of this nature with JICA.

"This project is going to be filtered down right to the primary level to our nurses and other medical personnel who are out in the primary health centres and this is all part of our fight against NCDs.

"For us, partnering with JICA on this project is something we are very appreciative of."

JICA resident representative to Fiji Hiroyuki Sawada said the project would also be implemented in Kiribati.

"The project duration in Fiji will be for five years from 2015 to 2020 with a budget of $8.3million for the two countries," Mr Sawada said.

"Several experts from JICA will be dispatched to support the ministry and project staff members in the implementation process.

"Short and long-term training opportunities will also be offered with the provision of necessary equipment for the project."

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