Population: 883, 125 (July 2011 est.)
GDP per capita (PPP): $4,400 (2010 est.)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $165 (Intl $, 2009)
Fiji is an island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony.
Implementing Partner in-Country: Lautoka Base Hospital (Dr. Rigamoto Taito and colleagues), with administrative support from HOPE worldwide (Fiji) (Robert and Joanne Cohen)
International Supporter: Australian Diabetes Council
Life for a Child Support
There are 20-25 children with diabetes in Fiji at any particular time. The Government of Fiji provides insulin, syringes and medical care to children with diabetes, and also some support for self blood glucose monitoring. Life for a Child has assisted with extra funds for monitoring, as well as support for camps, a visiting diabetes educator, and education materials. Expert advice has also been provided on clinical issues.
It is very pleasing that the Government now provides almost all services and so LFAC financial support is now minimal.