2018 Stories

Contributing to Border Security
Hailing from a rural settlement of Lomawai in Sigatoka, Shinal Sharma never thought she would grow up to be a Customs personnel overseeing the importation needs for 15 companies in a male dominated field. The soft spoken the 23-year-old is a proud FNU alumnus and one of the three female Customs Clerks employed by Carpenters Shipping Fiji Limited. She currently resides in Suva with her family where they had moved in 2000. Sharma, the youngest of three siblings attended Samabula Prim...Read More
Learning and growing from life challenges
Self-belief and hard work are two virtues that 42-year-old Kashif Nasibdar holds dear to his heart and applies religiously in his daily life. Nasibdar is no stranger to the Fiji National University (FNU) having spent a fair bit of his life here as a working student. He is very proud to be a top achiever having being awarded a Gold Medal after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting & Finance in 2013. This programme is now available as part of the National ...Read More
Being the beacon of hope
Registered Nurse Rashni Ranjani Lal is a familiar figure at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) Oncology Department. She is the beacon of hope for cancer patients who walk through the Department’s door.  The humble Oncology Nurse says that every day is demanding but a challenge worth taking. “My work is very challenging, but it allows me to meet new people, see new things and of course learn new things. As a result, I enjoy my work a lot,” says Staff Nurse Lal. Tertiar...Read More
Fiji’s only female Emergency Specialist
There is nothing such as an ordinary day in Dr Shivani Reddy’s calendar – each day comes with its unique opportunities and challenges for the country’s only female Emergency Specialist.  Dr Reddy is a medical officer in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) who also mentors young aspiring medical students.  “I generally provide a consultant cover on the floor.  I work as a Clinical Consultant but I do some administrative work as well ...Read More
Dr. Tukana leads the fight for a healthier nation
He can be best described as Fiji’s Health Warrior given the passion, dedication and commitment with which Doctor Isimeli Tukana conducts his work as a health professional and the National Adviser Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Dr Tukana is a realist and does not beat around the bush, especially when it comes to the topic of health and specifically NCDs, something which he holds very dear to his heart. His passion for a healthy and p...Read More