Soroptimist International clubs throughout the South West Pacific focus on projects which will improve the lives of women and girls in their communities, these are local projects which have a global impact.
World Health Day 7 April - focus for 2017 is "Depression - Lets Talk"
SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SI Lautoka (Fiji)
Suicide Prevention - Connect, Communicate, Care
Suicide is a worrying trend in Fiji. Suicide has jumped up to the third leading cause of death among youth (under 16) and those aged between 17 and 25 years. The National Suicide Prevention Day 2016 was on 10 September and most schools around the country had special programs to raise awareness on this issue.
Gurukul Primary school invited SI Lautoka to be a part of the program. Members marched with the students to open the program, as a guest speaker SI Lautoka advocated on suicide prevention initiatives to the whole school. Students were advised on the importance of the 2016 theme - 'Connect, Communicate and Care'. They were advised to be; sensitive to their friends, help their friends if they have difficulties, share their problems with their teachers and parents. Students and teachers were informed of the free child helpline which has been set up by the Government to assist all children and young people who are in need of advice, support, care and protection. Sautoka wanted the information to reach the students so that they are aware of whom to turn to in time of need. SI Lautoka called on the teachers to be more vigilant and pay more attention to their students so they can sense if students require any help.
SI Labasa (Fiji)
Pinktober Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancer Awarness Workshop
A visit to Korokadi Bua highlighted to members of SI Labasa that women in this remote area were not aware of cancer awarness nor pinktober. Planning with the principal of the Korokadi Primary School Mr Sanjay Kumar, who agreed that we could use his school premises for the venue and he also agreed to send out written invitations to the parents of the students of his school requesting them to attend this much needed workshop. Planning then started with the Ministry of Health to provide support in making the workshop a success.The doctors and support staff of the Ministry came all the way from Nabouwalu Hospital to conduct this workshop at Korokadi Primary School. The Health staff did basic medical screening (i.e. checked for blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index-BMI) for all the participants, club members and school staff. Dr Ms Vika Vuniwa explained to everyone why this screening is necessary and she briefly touched on NCDs. She then gave a very detailed talk on all about breast, cervical and prostate cancer. A very constructive interaction session also took place between the doctor and the participants. Flyers were distributed to the participants on breast, cervical and prostate cancer. Doctor Vika insisted upon all men present be checked for prostate cancer and the women to get their papsmere testing done if they have not had this done for the last three years. There were five people detected during screening who had high sugar level and they have been advised by the doctors to go to the Nabouwalu Hospital for further tests. We are proud of the fact that through this workshop we may be able to save these five people (3 of whom were women) from diabetes effects in future.