In Events, Healthcare, Events and Updates, AnniversaryApril 24, 20243 Minutes

Fiji Marks 2nd Anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital with Historic Healthcare Developments


24th April 2024, Suva, Fiji:

April 24th marks a significant milestone in Fiji’s healthcare landscape as dignitaries, including Prime Minister Mr. Sitiveni Rabuka and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Biman Prasad, gathered to celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital. Beyond a mere celebration, it was a reaffirmation of the nation’s resolute commitment to the health and well-being of its people.

In a momentous announcement, Sumeet Tappoo, Director of Sai Prema Foundation Fiji, unveiled plans for the establishment of the Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. This collaborative initiative with the Government of Fiji promises to usher in a new era of healthcare excellence not only for Fiji but also for the Pacific region and beyond.

Sri Madhusudan Sai, in his address, emphasised the critical need for capacity building, training, and upskilling of Fiji’s medical professionals to meet the evolving healthcare demands. In response, the decision was made to build an institute in Fiji. As with all initiatives under the Global Humanitarian Mission, all training programs will be free of cost, ensuring accessibility and excellence go hand in hand.

A pivotal addition to Fiji’s healthcare infrastructure comes in the form of the Infection Prevention Training Centre, launched under the Institute’s umbrella. Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, alongside R J Patel and Gosia Baran from the USA, will head this initiative, extending comprehensive training across Fiji’s Ministry of Health, hospitals, and medical centres. This endeavour aims to strengthen the nation’s medical system with robust infection control measures, underpinning the delivery of world-class healthcare services.

Amidst these ground-breaking developments, the evening concluded with a poignant Gift of Life ceremony. Children who underwent recent life-saving heart surgeries, led by Dr. Shaun Setty and an international team of professionals, stood as living testimonies to the transformative impact of collaborative healthcare efforts. Dr. Setty encapsulated the essence of their work, stating, “The saying goes it takes a village to raise a child, but honestly, it takes the world to raise a child in today’s age. So there’s nothing more true than One World, One Family to me.”

As Fiji continues on this transformative journey in healthcare, let us rally behind the shared mission of serving with purity of intention and unwavering dedication. Together, as a global family united in purpose, we stand poised to carve a path towards a healthier, brighter tomorrow not only for Fiji but for the world at large. Join us in this noble endeavour as we write a new chapter in the records of healthcare excellence.