Maria & Atelaite at the launch of Blue Ribbon Campaign in Tuvu FRIEND‘s holistic community health initiative officially marked it‘s three years of existence this month. It has been an uphill battle to start and sustain the program, however seeing the hundreds of people benefitting every week makes it worth the effort.‖ says Sashi Kiran, the Director FRIEND. Dr Animesh Sinha, a US based General Practitioner volunteered with FRIEND to develop the program that aims to provide medical care to better manage non communicable diseases in the communities. The program serves 36 communities between Ra and Nadi. Doctors, registered nurses, physiotherapist and exercise trainers reach out to 6 communities each week to screen and provide after care management for diagnosed patients . Each of the community also benefits from garden project to encourage healthy eating.
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