Islands Business (02.27.13)
The Korean nongovernmental organization World Zero Tuberculosis Movement and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are providing 235,000 Fiji dollars to fund a year-long, four-pronged project to strengthen TB services in Fiji’s Northern division. The project, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Fiji and World Health Organization–South Pacific Office, will target Rabi Island and Savusavu, areas of Fiji where TB prevalence is higher than the rest of the country. TB is a major cause of death in developing countries.
The project will address four capacity-building areas: increasing public awareness; delivering services for TB-infected patients; providing two trainings for Fijian medical providers; and developing check-up and treatment manuals. TB specialists Dr. Dal-sun Han, Dr. Sang-Jae Kim, and Kang Mi-Kyoung are currently visiting Fiji to plan the intervention with Fiji’s Ministry of Health, headed by Dr. Neil Sharma.
World Zero Tuberculosis Movement has been working to prevent and treat TB since the organization’s founding in 2004.