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AVIAN INFLUENZA/PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The Fiji National Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan (FNAIPRP) indicates a risk of Avian Influenza being transmitted from migratory birds to poultry in the domestic sector in Fiji and a subsequent risk of further transmission to humans. The Fiji School of Medicine (FSMed), a member of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network paticipated in this research that greatly enhance our focus by combining a substanial activity and local information with opportunities for students to participate and prepare for the time of outbreak. The project aim to deliver a report with recommendation on the behavioral interventions and communications strategies needed to address Avian Influenza/Pandemic Influenza preparedness and response in the Solomon Is and Vanuatu, commencing on the 8th August 2007 and ends in Mid November, 2007.

Assoc. Prof. Graham Roberts| Ph: 3233401| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


INTERGRATED MANAGEMENT OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESS COMPUTERIZED TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC

Department of Medical Science

The World Health Oranization (WHO) funded FSMed to facilitate the Intergrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) computerized Training for Regional Pacific Island countries.This assist in the planning, finalizing the preparations for the workshop, conducting and facilitate in close coordination with local facilitators and document the proceedings of the workshop. The workshop commence on the 17th to 21st August, 2009 in Suva, Fiji.

Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Rodgers| Ph: 3233515| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


INVENTORY OF MATERIALS ON CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIV CARE, TREATMENT AND SUPPORT IN THE PACIFIC - HIV TOOLS

Research Unit

FSMed  has been requested to collaborated this project on the activity given its role of capacity building in the Pacific region, and, in order to build its own capacity to prepare, deliver and support the continued development of sustainable training programs in the regions. This project was funded by the World Health Organization (WHO), commencing on the 27th August and ends on the 27th November, 2007. 

Assoc. Prof. Graham Roberts| Ph: 323 3401| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NCD-STROKE STEPS

 Research Unit

FSMed and the World Health Organization collaborated to conducted a one-year pilot study involving active surveillance in Fiji’s Central Division to determine the magnitude and impact of stroke , Identify and recommend appropriate prevention strategies based on the findings of the pilot surveillance study and make recommendation for an expanded nationwide STEP wise approach for sustainable surveillance and long term monitoring of stroke in Fiji. FSMed Research Unit  is an important stakeholder of the Fiji Ministry of Health (MOH), and works closely and regularly with them on the utilization of research as a development tools for health and, as such, is idelally positioned to advocate the appropriate follow-up for the initial pilot study. This  study commence on the 15th March 2007 till 15th May, 2008.

Assoc. Prof. Graham Roberts| Ph: 323 3401| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


NEW ZEALAND AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Deans Office

The New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID), acting for and behalf of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, engaged the FSMed to provide education and training, student pastoral care and support, and scholarship management and administration services to New Zealand Regional Development Scholarship (NZARDS) studnets. The NZAID is the semi-autonomous body within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade that is responsible for managing New Zealand's official development assistance. This project commence on 1st July, 2005 till 31st July, 2008.

Professor Ian Rouse| Ph: 3233201| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 PACIFIC HUMAN RESOURCE FOR HEALTH ALLIANCE

Deans Office

The World Health Organisation (WHO), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) supported the Ministers of Health for Pacific Island countries  to established the Pacific Human Resource for Health Alliance (PHRHA) in October 2008 and endorsed its workplan for 2008-2015.  The establishment of PHRHA has conducted a mapping of human resource for healthy capacity in the Pacific. The PHRHA strive to be an effective network for sharing information, evidence, experience and best practice, facilities and catalyses actions among its members and partners and to improve coordination and intergration of various health worksforce programmes, activities and resources in the Pacific. The core membership of the PHRHA is primarily the Pacific island countries - ensuring Pacific owernership and leadership.

Professor Ian Rouse| Ph: 3233201| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

PACIFIC HEALTH RESEARCH COUNCIL

Deans Office

The New Zealand  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade  funded FSMed to established a Pacific Health Reserach Council (PHRC) .The establishment of a full-time PHRC Secretariat based at the FSMed and provide necessary staff support and operational capacity to implement its objectives such as; (i) to promote and strengthen health research by pacific people as a vital development tool for healthcare improvements, (ii) develop Pacific people capacity to exert more control and owerneship of data and information generated through reserach and (iii) develop and support a network of Pacific researcher and institutions. The PHRC and FSMed oversees the implementation of these activities in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Basin Medical Association (PBMA), the Pacific Health Dialog (PHD), the Pacific Health Reserach Centre (PHRCtr) and various Pacific Island Ministries/Department of Health. This Project commence on the 25 June 2001 till 31 December, 2007.

Professor Ian Rouse| Ph: 3233201| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PACIFIC REGIONAL HIV STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Research Unit

The Pacific Regional HIV Strategy Implementation Plan (PRSIP) on HIV and AIDS provided the framework for a coordinated and collaborative response to HIV and AIDS in the Pacific for the period 2004 to 2008. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and FSMed settled to work together to create a monitoring and evaluation framework (to manage, monitor and evaluate these activities, including the mobilization of resources) to regional guidelines for good research practice in relation to the overall fight against HIV and AIDS in the region.

Assoc. Prof. Graham Roberts| Ph: 323 3401| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


SANITATION PARK

Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) in agreement with FSMed to undertake consultancy work in implementing these activities on the maintenance and painiting of all systems at the Sanitation Park, Replacing sign boards, Launching of the Sanitation Park to the Pacific WASH Coalition members and relevant agencies in line with International Year of Sanitation.This project commence on the 16 June till 31 July, 2008.

Mr. Keshwa Nand| Ph: 3233231|e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


STI CASE MANAGEMENT FOR PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES

Department of Health Sciences

 The World Health Organization and FSMed in agreement to Perform Work for logistic arrangements for the field testing of the training package on comprehensive STI case management for Pacific Island Countries and training of trainers (TOT) in STI case management.

Dr Kamal Kishore| Ph: 3233701| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TUBERCULOSIS DRUG MANAGEMENT FOR PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES

 Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The World Health Organization with the FSMed as the contractual partner, perform the task on Logistic arrangement for the training on TB Drug management for Pacific Island Countries.The workshop aims to train the participantson how to: (i) Establish appropriate mechanisms to gurantee a regular supply of first-line DOTS drugs, (ii) Appropriately select and quantify necessary TB medicines and commodities fir national programmes, taking into comsideration the various types of TB cases and WHO reccomendations, (iii) Establish technical specifications and appropriate mechanisms for national pharmaceutical supply programmes to assure procurement of quality TB medicines and commodities at best prices, (iv) Establish appropriate mechanisms to gurantee that medicines and commodities are delivered to health services at the right moment and in sufficient quantities and (v) Establish monitoring mechanisms to assure medicine and commodity availability and appropriate use. The workshop commence on the 23 - 27 November, 2009 in Suva, Fiji.

 Dr Iobi Batio| Ph: 3233286| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


TRAFFIC RELATED INJURY PROJECT

Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The University of Auckland (AU) and FSMed collaborated the Traffic Related Injury Project with specific  aim to (i) undetake situational analyses of the burden of injury in 3 pacific nations (Fiji, Samoa and republic of palau), (ii) Establish a population - based trauma register to identify cases of road traffic trauma in Fiji, (iii) Undetake a population-based cross-sectional study in Fiji to estimate the prevalence of major risk factors for road traffic injury, (iv) Conduct a prospective cohort study to investigate the characteristics, morbidity and post-injury dosability relating to road injury in Fiji, (v) Undertake case-control analyses to quantify of potentially modifiable risk factor for road user injury in Fiji, (vi) Determine priorities for policy and interventions to reduce the burdern of road traffic injury in Fiji and provide formal/informal training to develop the capacity and capability for reserach and injury prevention in the pacific. This project commence on 1 June 2004 till 31 May 2007.

Navi Litidamu| Ph: 3233220| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FIJI HEALTH SECTOR SITUATION ANALYSIS 2008

Research Unit

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) funded FSMed on the proposed assessment that will contribute to an understanding of the effectiveness of the current country programs in the health sector, as well as regional programs, as they are implemented on Fiji and the health sector remains a major pillar of Australia's bilateral assistance to Fiji. The assessment of the Fiji health sector situation is to: (i) provide a" snapshot" of the current status of the health sector in Fiji from health service delivery and systems levels; (ii) to present and assess the state of health based on latest data and statistics, determine limitations of data and purpose methodologies to enable tracking for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and future program support inidcators; (iii) to identify opportunities and gaps for future AusAID programming, including strategic obejectives and likely areas impact. The assessment is based on an assessment of the Fiji National Health Strategy and AusAID health sector programs in Fiji, including bilateral, regional and donor's partners program. The assessment commence on 29 October till 19 December, 2008.

 Assoc. Prof. Graham Roberts| Ph: 3233401| e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.