Did you know?
The rate of diabetes in Fiji is among the highest in the world. Estimates range between one in five and one in four people affected by the disease. At the recent Fiji Health Symposium, it was revealed that a diabetes-related amputation is carried out by surgeons in Fiji every 12 hours. It is estimated also that 33% of patients on the surgical wards are people with diabetes.
Fiji is bearing a particularly heavy burden in financial terms. In Pacific islands, like Fiji, the costs of diabetes are increased considerably by the need for “offshore expenditure” – where facilities for care are not available on the island – much of which is spent on diabetes-related complications.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012