In 2019, MED 4 FIJI sent 2 surgical mission teams over 16 days and included 32 volunteers. We evaluated over 100 patients and performed 30 surgeries including treatment of two patients with cancer. We continued our efforts in medical education with 2 Fijian Anesthesiology resident physicians from the Fiji School of Medicine who each spent a week with us learning new skills from our teams.
Our maternity outreach expanded tremendously this year with a doula (birth coach) and a Certified Lactation Consultant on the team. They brought many needed supplies for Labor & Delivery and postpartum, as well as education and training for newborn care and breast-feeding for both patients and the local nursing staff.
Because of the longterm relationships that have been built between ourselves and the local OBGYN physicians on the 2 main Fijian islands, we were asked to help manage 3 high-risk pregnant women. All 3 safely delivered under the care of our team, saving them the long journey to the main islands for their deliveries.
The MED 4 renovation team, consisting of 4 volunteers, worked over a 3 week period with local Fijians to build our beautifully designed reproducible and sustainable hurricane-proof roof over the medical supply storage container and volunteer break room.
During this year’s 10th international mission, an exciting vision was born for Med4OurWorld to build a new Women’s Health Center on the hospital land that would offer a broad variety of women’s health services, including dedicated areas for prenatal, postnatal and pediatric checkups and spaces for educational and support programming. Med4OurWorld is excited by the amazing opportunities emerging for the future, and we are eager to continue championing the cause of women’s health care in Taveuni, Fiji