Handover of USAID funded critical care consumables to Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services


Date and time: Friday, 6th May 10.00am  

Venue: Level 3, Dinem House, Ministry of Health HQ, Toorak, Suva.

Details: The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong, U.S. Embassy Chargé D’Affaires Tony Greubel and SPC’s Dr Silina Motofaga will be present for the official handover on Friday, 6th May at Dinem house.

In response to Fiji’s COVID-19 situation, and upon request from the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently funded the procurement of critical care health supplies for use with life-saving ventilators distributed throughout the country. In September 2020, Fiji received a donation of 30 ZOLL ventilators which were placed in three divisional hospitals. The ventilators are specialised medical equipment used in intensive care units (ICU) and high dependency units (HDU) to support individuals who need mechanical assistance in breathing. The additional critical care supplies funded by USAID will support the ongoing use of and sustainability of the ventilators and management of critically ill patients.

Under the USAID Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control project in Fiji, Kiribati, and Nauru, the Pacific Community (SPC) together with FHI 360 has been providing technical assistance in biomedical and critical care trainings for COVID-19 on the ground in Fiji and virtually in Kiribati and Nauru. Through this project, fifty ZOLL ventilators were procured and distributed to six facility level hospitals across the three countries to respond to managing COVID-19 critically ill patients. Additionally, 211 healthcare workers participated in specializes trainings for COVID-19 case management.


USAID/Pacific Islands: Joeteshna Zenos| Development Specialist| E: [email protected]

SPC: Evlyn Mani| Communications Officer| E: [email protected]

Useful links:

Web story: Improving specialised clinical services and care in the Pacific

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