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If you cant make a difference on this planet then where will you,
if the right time isnt now then when is it and if its not you then who!

Achievements

 

2015 Trip:
Saw a total fo 411 patients - 323 female and 88 male.
• 172 pap smears (51% of these had never had a pap smear).

2014 Trip:
Saw a total fo 246 patients - 157 female and 89 male.
• 80 pap smears (80% of these had never had a pap smear).

2013 Trip:
Saw a total fo 393 patients - 248 female and 145 male.
• 136 pap smears (47% of these had never had a pap smear).

2011 Trip:
Saw a total fo 558 patients - 359 female and 199 male.
• 61% of women had never had a pap smear (222) 10 with abnormal results.

2010 Trip to Savusavu and Labasa:
Saw a total fo 624 patients - 417 female and 207 male.
• 38% of women had never had a pap smear
• 23% had either only had one or it had been more than 2 years since their last one
• 4 women we discovered with breast lumps
• 1 was terminal
• 118 cases of high blood pressure or diabetes were treated
• 50 of these were brand new cases we treated then referred to local health centre

2009 Trip to Vanua Levu in association with Fiji Aid International, we saw 300 patients, 80% of the women had never had a pap smear, we found many new cases of high blood pressure and diabetes. This trip was done in association with the Savusavu Foundation.

2008 Dr Animesh Sinha from US and Nurse Catherine Lefebvre from Australia spent 2 weeks in Fiji and again saw over 500 patients. We were provided with funding to run an outreach program to a remote island in the Pacific.

2007 Dr Animesh Sinha from US and Nurse Catherine Lefebvre from Australia spent 2 weeks in Fiji and saw over 300 patients.

2006 Dr Falks - ER Doctors from the US spent 3 weeks in Fiji, we ran a number of outreach programs and saw over 500 patients.

2005 Dr Anand Maharaj, a Gynaecologist, and Nurse Cath Lefebvre, both from Australia, volunteered for 2 weeks and saw over two hundred women many of whom had never had a pap smear or breast exams.

2004 Dr Nemana a cardiologist from the Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento spent a month in Fiji and conducted a pacemaker surgery - a first ever in Fiji.

 

Our Special Patient

 

Leba

We first met Leba at Koropita where she was in her final stages of cervical cancer. Leba was lying naked on her mattress covered by a thin sheet, keeping cool with a fan, in severe pain and unable to afford pain medication or dressings. We provided her with all that was necessary to get her through the last few months with as much dignity as possible.

Sadly Leba did have regular pap smears. However in 2004, unable to afford a $2 bus fare, she did not follow up on her results. By the time she next went to the doctor it was too late. Her husband died soon after she was diagnosed.

Leba passed away on the 22nd of November 2008. She left behind 7 children. Our trust is assisting and funding the education of the children and meeting some of their basic daily needs.

Majority of women in Fiji do not have regular pap smears or breast exams mainly due to a lack of education on the importance of these tests and fear. Links Fiji aims to develop an education program on the importance of these tests and the need to follow up on results.

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Leba

Leba and her children

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