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Health Care In Fiji

Listed here are some statistics on health care issues in Fiji. This information has been gathered from direct observation and interviews, clinical data collected during free clinics, informal surveys, and from newspaper articles.

Fiji has only one private hospital which caters to people who can afford the high treatment costs. The majority of people depend on the public health system for acute and long-term care. These public health facilities are in poor condition, short of basic medical supplies and staff.

There is constant migration of doctors and nurses to neighbouring developed countries (Australia, New Zealand), adding further burden on remaining doctors and nurses.

An estimated 60% of the people in Fiji live at or below the poverty level. Source: The Fiji Times 2006.

The average person in Fiji earns $60-80 per week, and feeds a family of 4 to 6 people.

Cervical and breast cancers are the most prevalent forms of cancer in women in Fiji yet, most women do not know about pap smears, nor are they educated about self breast exams.

Diabetes, hypertension, and premature deaths from heart disease are in epidemic proportions in Fiji, since most people go through life untested and unmanaged. Services for heart catherization and interventional cardiology are not available in Fiji.

The incidence of HIV/AIDS is increasing rapidly due to lack of education on preventive measures to minimise risk. The Fiji Minister for Health called the situation "alarming, and in a state of pandemic."
Source: Direct Interview by Damyenti Chandra 2006.

A recent statistic collected by Save the Children Foundation Fiji found that 30% of prostitutes were high school students. The students are resorting to prostitution to pay tuition and buy school supplies.
Source: The Fiji Sun, March 28th 2006