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Posted by Damyenti Chandra on 18-Dec-2017 at 10:51:50 EST
Subject: 2017 Outreach Report

Hi Everyone,<br>Just a summary of work done in Fiji in July, 2017:<br>Week 1:<br>- Valley Rd, Sigatoka, where we saw around 50 folks. Of significance in this group was the number of women found to have breast lumps & suspicion of breast cancer.<br>- Loloma Womens Shelter, Nadi, which houses children, disabled folks and battered women. A really sad place, where we found a lot of children and women needing urgent medical care. We also had some volunteers do handywork to repair lights, pipes, swings, etc, since the shelter is an older building and needs a lot of maintenance.<br>- Koroipita, Lautoka, where there is always need for a lot of medical care. Over a 100 folks were seen and referrals made as needed – was a long day here…<br>- Navala Village, Ba, a remote native village where around 100 people got seen.<br>- Nawaicuba Health Center, Nadi, a farming community where around 50 folks got medical care.<br>Week 2:<br>- Vatiyaka, Ba, a remote farming community we have been serving since 2006. Around 60 people got seen.<br>- Tanoa Hotel, Nadi, where around 80 employees were seen. All women received breast exams and a few had to be referred for breast lumps.<br>- Navakai, Nadi, a poor settlement we have served for several years.<br>- Patan Clinic, Nadi, which is our base clinic, where around 60 people got seen, mostly women and children.<br>Week 3:<br>- Cathreen Kumar, on her vacation screened over 200 folks for high blood sugar and blood pressure in Navua and Labasa – Thank you very much, Cathreen!<br><br>Everyone was screened for HBP and diabetes. Most women seen also had pap smears and breast exams.<br><br>Big Thank You! to Dr. Usha Chand and Dr. Jai Raj and their friend Naz Hudda, Woorim Surfside Pharmacy from Australia for medical supplies and donated medicine; Jai had to also perform the tough task of clearing these items through Customs, and we totally appreciate his help with this! <br><br>Vinaka Vakalevu! to Medsure Pharmacy, Nadi for donating medicines; They have been our partners in Fiji for a long time!<br><br>Also, a very big Thank you! to Anil Dutt and Randy Ynegas of San Francisco, who not only volunteered this year, but were able to get donations through their Facebook pages, in the amount of $1,924 – Wow!<br><br>I also made sure all the medical supplies we shipped from the USA were cleared through Customs and delivered to Lautoka Hospital – they are always in need of these items and very thankful.<br><br>Immense gratitude to all the volunteers for donating their time and paying their way to help our cause in beautiful Fiji – Vinaka Vakalevu!!!<br><br>It was a very good trip!!!! We did a lot, and hopefully made a difference for the better in peoples lives.<br><br>With my deepest gratitude…<br><br>Damyenti Chandra, Fiji Aid International (Founder/CFO)

Posted by Damyenti Chandra on 14-May-2016 at 22:04:37 EST
Subject: Cyclone Winston Mission 2016

Hi Everyone,<br>Just wanted to update everyone on our efforts to help folks back in Fiji after Cyclone Winston on Feb 20. The day the volunteers arrived (April 2), all of Nadi and other areas were flooded and another cyclone was on the way.Luckily the cyclone did not hit Fiji but the floods did take away a few days of volunteer work we had planned.The team took care of folks in Koronabu, Binai, Nawaqarua, Natutu, Votua, Tagalevu, Mataniquara and Vadravadra village. The team also made home visits and treated people who were too sick to come. We saw first hand the destruction and the effects of floods and the cyclone on people. Our work was very much needed as most of these folks lived far away and had difficulties getting to the health centers or hospitals. We treated a lot of folks (children and adults). Our deep gratitude to Catherine, Pramila, Renuka, and Noel for their fundraising efforts. Thank you to all who also made individual contributions! Special recognition also goes to the pharmacies from Australia (Jadin Chemist Group, Lilydale, Priceline) that donated large amounts of medication which were used extensively; the leftover meds were donated to the local hospitals. A huge Salute to our volunteers: Dr. Jai Raj, Dr. Usha Chand, Andrew Wayment Catherine Kumar and staff nurse from Ba Health Center - these folks placed their own health and comfort at risk and traveled approx. 15 kms everyday from their hotel in Lautoka to rural areas to deliver care. The volunteers often had to sit on floors or stand all day to deliver care, and survived on rations of tuna sandwiches everyday. Thank you to the District Medical Officer (DMO) Western and the SDMO Ba for organizing our outreach and helping with transport. It is going to take a long time for things to get back to normal for everyone affected in Fiji. We are grateful we were able to help. Vinaka Vakalevu & Thank you all very much!!!!!

Posted by Emma Checksfield on 21-Feb-2016 at 02:16:27 EST
Subject: Medic aid

Bula, I am a 35 year old Paramedic working and living in the UK. I have experience in many roles from working with the elderly with chronic illness to working in trauma teams at large events. I recently visited savusavu, and fell in love with Fiji and the people. I would like to offer my skills, especially after learning of the terrible cyclone that hit last night. Please contact me if I can be of help. Vinaka

Posted by George Keiaho on 26-Feb-2015 at 21:29:52 EST
Subject: Health Care

Bula and Vinaka for the work that you do in Fiji. There facilities are outdated and their doctors are have limited training. This is a good cause and helps on so many levels. I spent most of last year in Suva starting a farm. The amount of bread and sugar consumed is dangerous. My idea is to increase the amount of fresh veggies and fruits and decrease their prices. Diet and exercise is key to being healthy. <br>What are some things I could do to help? Do you all do other things in Fiji other than just medical service? Thank you for do what you guys do. Vinaka Vaka Levu.

Posted by ted willis on 12-Nov-2013 at 18:05:33 EST
Subject: work

i am considering coming to fiji to do volunteer work as a doctor. i am a 58yr old british gp. <br><br>Can you use me? if so in what way?

Posted by Sheri Morris on 07-Sep-2012 at 10:32:38 EST
Subject: Fiji August, 2012

I recently returned from Fiji, spending 2 weeks with Damyenti and a team made up of Fijians, Americans, and one Australian. Eight of us who, for the most part, had never met, but who came together to become good friends and work for the benefit of a people whose health care system is underfunded and overburdened. They paid us with their joyful, kind, and generous spirits; and with their appreciation. With the technology and pressures of the U.S. health care system left far behind, I was just one one individual helping another. Returning, however briefly, to that core of the doctor-patient relationship, made the whole trip worthwhile. Thank you Damyenti, Laleen, Ma, Keresi, Catherine, Jeff, and of course, Satish. I'll remember this adventure always.

Posted by amy mitchell on 16-Sep-2011 at 22:22:10 EST
Subject: orphanage suva

i would like to go on a mission trip to suva in an orphanage

Posted by Damyenti Chandra on 18-Jul-2011 at 11:31:21 EST
Subject: Fiji July 2011

Have begun planning for team to come.

Some good news and bad news. As I  was walking  down to the shop ,I ran  into Bua who gave me a big hug.We had helped Bua a few yrs ago.She had tested positive for cancer but was never  notified by public health staff. We helped make appointments for her treatment and surgery.
Kiran died last December. She also had tested positive but was never notified. By the time she came to us her cancer was  too advanced .She was only in her 40's. Spoke to her husband today. He tried calling me when she got too sick.
There  were 50 confirmed  cases from last year that we saw. All these women have had their  surgeries and are alive due to our work.
The community here is getting behind us re. help with transport and  accommodation.


Posted by Abdul Kaiyum on 25-Apr-2011 at 23:59:15 EST

There is significant neglect in every corner of this world on parents by their children, where the government has to provide shelter for these unfortunate people - commonly known as Old People's Home/Convalescent Home,

despite the fact where our Biblical teachings on the poor, hungry, and the sick and the old have been otherwise.

Not neglecting - is one of the biggest and strongest components in a relationship.

Posted by Shashi Sharma June 2010 on 09-Aug-2010 at 23:06:49 EST

This is my second year of doing volunteer work with FAI in Fiji. I originally graduated from Lautoka Nursing School in 1983. And have done a lot of Community & School Health Nursing. And from my past experience with home visits knowing some of the difficulties the community face...........ranging from factors such as financial, lack of jobs, transport, education, cultural issues, accessibility to health care, school, immunization, lack of inititive, knowledge deficit, lack of exercise, poor dietary habbit, kava and smoking and ignorance are all contributing and underlying factors to Poor health or neglecting their own needs.       I have found this work so rewarding and fullfilling and humane, its a very different feeling when you are able to extend  that arm of yours further knowing it will touch someones heart and mean alot. As when we migrate and move on with our lives we forget, the land and the people their smile that we have left behind.

If you are reading this and you are able to extend your hand for support please join us. I'm sure we can all collectively rediscover the humanity we all have..............

Sincere thanks to Dayment who has been doing this work for a while for our people and thank you for giving me this opportunity to able to give my services.