Vatu Health is a tax deductable charity set up in 2017 by Adrian and Suzy Sheen to support Primary Health Care on the Coral Coast of Fiji.
Having travelled and undertaken voluntary work in Fiji for many years, it became clear that the best way to contribute to the island’s health was continuity: to regularly return to the same area, get to know the local villages and provide some screening for the very common problems of high blood pressure and diabetes.
The Nadroga – Navosa region provides health care to about 60,000 people. Primary Health Care is provided through the Sigatoka Hospital, the three health centres at Cuvu, Vatukarasa and Korolevu as well as outreach care in the villages.
Funds raised through the Vatu Health Charity enables medical equipment and other essentials to be supplied. Items already provided by the charity include ultrasound machine, patient vitals monitor, mobile light for the emergency department, cervical collars, oximeters and foetal dopplers as well as many, many pairs of reading glasses.
Importantly, with the long-term relationship with the area, Vatu Health asks what medical equipment is needed so that everything provided is of immediate use.
Vatu Health is a charity with absolutely minimal running costs so that each and every dollar donated will be put to a good cause.
The name, Vatu Health, is taken from the village of Vatukarasa. Vatu means “stone”in Fijian.
In 2014 Dr Adrian Sheen who, together with his wife Suzy, represented the University of Sydney at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Fiji National University. It was after this that they first went to Vatukarasa.
The Vatukarasa Health Centre was built in 2003 with funds provided by the United State Pacific Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Programme. Its vision to be a primary health care centre did not eventuate and the building gradually came into disrepair.
The building was refurbished by the Fijian Government and, in 2015, was opened by Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Voreqe Bainimarama.
Adrian and Suzy Sheen hope to not only continue to visit this area regularly but also encourage other doctors and medical students to experience the unique environment of work in Fijian villages and the Fijian Health system
If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Vatukarasa Health Centre or learn more about working or supporting healthcare on the Coral Coast, please contact Dr Adrian Sheen.
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