Goal 3: Good health and well-being

We have made great progress against several leading causes of death and disease. Life expectancy has increased dramatically; infant and maternal mortality rates have declined, we’ve turned the tide on HIV and malaria deaths have halved.

Good health is essential to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda reflects the complexity and interconnectedness of the two. It takes into account widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, threats to the climate and the environment, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases, and emerging challenges such as non-communicable diseases. Universal health coverage will be integral to achieving SDG 3, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. Emerging global health priorities not explicitly included in the SDGs, including antimicrobial resistance, also demand action.

But the world is off-track to achieve the health-related SDGs. Progress has been uneven, both between and within countries. There’s a 31-year gap between the countries with the shortest and longest life expectancies. And while some countries have made impressive gains, national averages hide that many are being left behind. Multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are essential to address inequalities and to build good health for all.

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FNU hosts a workshop on Physiotherapy

Final-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students at Fiji National University (FNU) honed their expertise in vital areas through a specialized course delivered at the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences (CMNHS) Pasifika Campus. The “Physiotherapy in Burns and Hand Trauma, Speech Pathology for Cleft Lip and Palate” course equipped the soon-to-be physiotherapists with the knowledge...Read More

CMNHS marks Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) raised awareness on the importance of laboratories which are used by health professionals to test and diagnose diseases which assist in the treatment of the people. The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ Department of Pathology and Medical Lab Sciences commemorates the Medical...Read More

FNU’s CMNHS Dental team conducts outreach at the Kalabu Village

Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences (CMNHS) conducted an oral health screening for the residents of Kalabu Village in Nasinu. The outreach initiative is part of the CMNHS’s campaign in the lead-up to World Oral Health Day, which will be celebrated on March 20. CMNHS’ School of Dentistry and Oral...Read More

FNU collaborates to raise awareness of oral health

The Fiji National University (FNU) will be conducting community oral health screenings as part of the 2024 World Oral Health Day campaign in partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Dental Association and Colgate Palmolive. Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences (CMNHS), Dr Vidhant Nambiar, said the...Read More

FNU produces quality health workers to meet market demand

The Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences (CMNHS) plays a crucial role in producing qualified nurses to serve the people of Fiji in various hospitals and health centers across the country. On an annual basis, the college graduates an average of 130 registered nurses and 30–40 enrolled nurses. The University’s...Read More

CMNHS Telehealth Support

Empowered by the COVID-19 grant awarded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) has strengthened strategic partnerships with the esteemed health ministries of Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. This collaborative partnership is dedicated to supporting telehealth and e-learning initiatives...Read More

CMNHS marks World Radiography Day

Students and staff from the Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS) Department of Medical Imaging and Anatomy (DMIA) celebrated World Radiography Day to commemorate the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895. World Radiography Day is celebrated annually on November 8 and recognises the crucial role that...Read More

FNU Launches Month-Long World Mental Health Celebrations

With the theme “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right”, students, staff and invited guests gathered to discuss mental health issues faced by young people and how collaborative efforts amongst all stakeholders could aid in coping with mental health issues. Chief Guest at the event, Charge Nurse Taniela Rasavuka, said that mental health was not...Read More

Climate Change effects on health highlighted at FNU Symposium

Rising temperatures, more variability in weather, more extreme weather events, sea level rise, and increasing greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere due to climate change will continue to have a major impact on the health of the nation. This was highlighted at the Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing, and...Read More

Ministry to continue to work with FNU to enhance medical services

The Ministry for Health and Medical Services will continue to work with the Fiji National University (FNU) and healthcare professionals to strengthen Fiji’s capacity in public health programmes. These were the sentiments of the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Honourable Atonio Rabici Lalabalavu, while addressing participants at the opening of the Pacific Islands Research...Read More

FNU’s CMNHS hands over food and clothing

Students and staff of the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences displayed exemplary generosity and care as they rallied together to donate much-needed food and clothing items to seven orphanages in the Central Division as part of Corporate Social Responsibility. The initiative is part of the FNU Strategic Plan 2021-2026 to...Read More

Dental Officers’ Meeting an integral event – President of Fiji

The 6th Pacific Island Chief Dental Officers Meeting is a milestone event for the dental fraternity to discuss issues affecting oral health. This statement was shared by the President of the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere while officiating at the dental conference’s banquet dinner at the Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour...Read More

FNU supports oral health development in the Pacific

The Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) will continue to support the Oral Health Pacific Island Alliance (OPIA) to work towards a healthier and more equitable population. College Dean, Dr William May shared this during the opening ceremony of the 6th Meeting of Pacific Islands Chief Dental Officers held...Read More

Global climate change research centre receives $2 million funding

  An international research centre tackling climate change in the Pacific region from a uniquely business perspective has welcomed a $2 million funding commitment from the Fiji Government. Launched in March this year, the Pacific Action on Climate Transitions (PACT) is a partnership between the Fiji National University (FNU) and Monash University’s Monash Business School....Read More

FNU launches new partnership with PHAMA Plus

The Fiji National University (FNU) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) Program today launched a collaborative research initiative for locally grown kava. As part of efforts to improve the consistency and reliability of Fiji’s kava production and grow exports of quality kava products, FNU’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology...Read More

Sigatoka Methodist College Heads to pursue dream in the medical field at FNU

Sigatoka Methodist College head prefects, Joel Chand and Sapna Reddy’s dream is to join the medical field as a doctor. The two head prefects of Sigatoka Methodist College wish to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the Fiji National University (FNU). FNU’s Career Discovery for High School Students’ team visited...Read More

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, Some Wear Lab Coats

Navneet Singh is now a successful medical laboratory scientist after graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) from Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences (CMNHS) in 2022. Originally, from Lautoka, Singh chose to pursue this career because it was his father’s dream. However, with time, he realised that...Read More

CMNHS Health Symposium to Help Improve Healthcare Education

Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’Health Professional Education Symposium is currently underway at the Holiday Inn. With the theme “Innovate and Rejuvenate: The Transformation of Pacific Health Professional Education”, the symposium aims provide a platform to explore evidence-based strategies, novel approaches, and cutting-edge research that will shape the future of healthcare...Read More

FNU maintains THE ranking, improves overall scores

  The Fiji National University (FNU) has maintained its ranking and improved its overall scores for the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) ranking. FNU held its overall position at 801-1000 from 1,591 global institutions in 2023; compared to 801-1000 from 1,410 institutions in 2022. The Impact rankings measure how an institution’s research, stewardship, outreach and...Read More

FNU undertakes collaborative community-based scientific research on COVID-19

The Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS) is involved in a joint multi-institutional research study in Fiji to characterise the virus diversity in contaminated water samples from Suva focusing mainly on SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. CMNHS Department of Pathology and Medical Lab Science academics Taina Naivalu and...Read More

FNU conducts health and sanitation training with villagers

  The Fiji National University’s (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS) conducted waste management, health, and sanitation training with selected villagers through the Watershed Interventions for Systems Health (WISH) Fiji project. A multi-sectoral project, WISH is the first of its kind for Fiji, and is taking an integrated and preventative approach to...Read More

FNU Sports and Wellness Centre open to public

  The Fiji National University (FNU) Sports and Wellness Centre at Nasinu Campus is available for use by FNU alumni and community members, in addition to the University’s students and staff. FNU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr William May said the sports complex, which was officially opened by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum,...Read More

FNU opens new Sports and Wellness Centre

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum commended the Fiji National University (FNU) for enhancing the student learning experience following the opening of the state-of-the-art Sports and Wellness Centre at Nasinu Campus. Hon Sayed-Khaiyum officiated as Chief Guest during the event and was joined by the Guest of Honour, Minister for Education, Heritage and...Read More

FNU’s new research Centre to focus on communicable diseases in Fiji and the region

  The Fiji National University’s (FNU) newly established Communicable Disease Research Centre (CDRC) is set to deliver advanced knowledge in the pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases in Fiji and the Pacific island countries. The Communicable Disease Research Centre (CDRC) has been formed through collaboration between FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences...Read More

FNU inks partnership with Medical Services Pacific

Fiji National University (FNU) staff and students can access specialised healthcare services following the establishment of a partnership with Medical Services Pacific (MSP). MSP clinics are located in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa and offer youth-centred programmes, as well as working with high risk and vulnerable groups to increase awareness and access to key clinical and...Read More

FNU hosts virtual drug awareness session

  Solutions to a drug-free Fiji needs to be people-centred, people-based and people owned, shared Drug Free World Fiji founder Kalesi Volatabu during a Fiji National University (FNU) drug awareness session. Volatabu said the abuse of drugs by Fijians of various ages, gender and socio-economic backgrounds highlighted the severity of the issue. “It is a...Read More

FNU and FWCC partnership provides students and staff counselling support

The Fiji National University (FNU) will now be able to offer psychosocial support to students and staff in rural or remote areas after strengthening its partnership with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Through the partnership, FWCC will provide both face to face and phone counselling to FNU...Read More

Positive coping mechanisms boost mental health

  Having positive coping mechanisms to help deal with one’s emotions during stressful situations can help people deal with issues and maintain positive mental health. Fiji National University (FNU), College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS) academic, Dr Balram Pandit said there were various factors that people could address earlier on before they feel...Read More

A pro-active approach needed to tackle breast cancer, Dr May

Breast Cancer is one of the leading cause of death amongst women in Fiji. According to the Fiji National University (FNU) Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr William May, 96 women were diagnosed with breast cancer at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital last year. Dr May revealed the latest statistics while speaking during the launch of the...Read More

Be better listeners to combat mental health issues – Shivani

Mental health awareness campaigns need to emphasise the importance of being a good listener and taking time-out to listen to those going through a difficult phase in their life. These are the thoughts of Fiji National University’s (FNU) Bachelor of Nursing student, Simran Shivani. The final year student believes not having a good listener available...Read More

Community benefits from FNU students’ visit

  Community awareness and engagement activities are an important component of the Fiji National University’s (FNU) learning and teaching delivery to ensure its students receive comprehensive and quality education. Community visits are a vital part of learning for students at the University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS), as it allows the medical...Read More

Regular ‘reality check’ in life is important – Naidu

  Life gets busy and sometimes chaotic as everyone juggles with work, family, studies and other commitments. It is easy to get pre-occupied with daily struggles without taking time out to appreciate life. These are the comments of Fiji National University (FNU) Counsellor Varsha Naidu who believes it is important for everyone to occasionally pause,...Read More

FNU commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

The Fiji National University (FNU) has beefed up its efforts to raise awareness on suicide and actions that can be taken to prevent such tragedies. While launching FNU’s ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ today, Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr William May highlighted the alarming statistics on suicide-related deaths in Fiji. “The data from the Fiji Police Force shows...Read More

FNU organises Walk for Health initiative

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) Labasa Campus organised a five-kilometre Walk for Health during the weekend to promote a healthy lifestyle and engage the community in an ongoing fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs). About 120 participants from the university, government ministries, businesses and local communities, participated in the fun event. Members from the Fiji Police...Read More

Childhood obesity, a growing concern

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the Pacific Islands – it affects the health and wellbeing of children, increases their risk of diabetes and heart disease in later life. These were the comments of Dr William May, Dean of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) at Fiji National University (FNU). Speaking at...Read More

Department builds health culture to tackle NCDs

The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CMNHS’) Department of Medical Imaging & Anatomy is using the Fiji National University’s (FNU’s) Wellness Program in a robust and unique manner to create a health culture and tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The staff change into sportswear after clocking-off from work to participate in an hour long...Read More