Funding helps in RHD ‘fight’

Heart to heart campaign ... Adolescents living with RHD at an advocacy training workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

Through funding and the support of corporates and business houses, Cure Kids Fiji’s Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Prevention and Control Program was able to move forward in its bid to address RHD in Fiji.

RHD is the leading disease-related cause of death for young people in Fiji and since 2014, and Cure Kids Fiji, with the support of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has partnered with Fiji’s Health Ministry on the RHD Prevention and Control Program.

Cure Kids Fiji events and partnerships manager Jennifer Miller said organisations that had helped reduce costs and fund life-saving programs included AccorHotels, Fiji Water Foundation, VOMO Island Fiji, Captain Cook Cruises, Armacup, Ranadi Organics, Rosie Holidays, and Star Printery.

“People and businesses really care about giving back and by working with Cure Kids they’re helping build robust, sustainable lifesaving programs that are working to ensure our children and the generations to come have a healthy future,” she said.

“We work with businesses to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and run several events throughout the year — for example on October 29 we are holding a golf event in Nadi — this is an opportunity for business houses to sponsor a golf hole, provide prizes or even put in a team to complete.”

Ms Miller also said over the past decade, the Fiji Water Foundation has contributed more than $1 million towards preventing and controlling RHD in Fiji.

“We are proud to be a long-time partner of the Fiji Water Foundation, one of Fiji’s largest philanthropic organisations.”

She said through their support, Cure Kids Fiji had been able to extend its program to include the Rheumatic Fever Information System, a live database of young people and adolescents living with RHD, and acquire five echocardiography equipment critical to the detection of new cases.

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