KOICA-sponsored Project to Fight Against Tuberculosis in Fiji


Wed 27 Feb 2013

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SUVA, Fiji---- Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Korean NGO, ‘World Zero Tuberculosis (TB) Movement’ will implement the project on the capacity building of TB control services in the Northern division of Fiji, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Fiji and World Health Organisation-South Pacific Office.

World Zero Tuberculosis Movement was established in 2004 and aims to prevent and treat tuberculosis, one of the main causes of death in developing countries.

The whole project, estimated to be FJD 235,000, will be jointly funded by World Zero Tuberculosis (TB) Movement and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

This health project will be carried out for a year from Feb 2013 in the Northern division, specifically targeting Rabi Island and Savusavu, known to have a higher rate of TB compared to the rest part of Fiji.

A team of three specialists, Dr. Dal-sun Han, Dr. Sang-Jae Kim and Kang Mi-Kyoung, are currently visiting Fiji to discuss details of the project which include the following:

Public TB awareness programme
Providing medical service for TB patients
Training 60 Fijian medical staffs twice over the project period
Developing TB manual for checkups and treatments

They had a meeting with Dr. Neil Sharma, the Minister for Health of the Republic of Fiji and paid a call to the Korean Embassy on 26 February.

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