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Lifeline Fiji to Broaden its Partnership with the Ministry of Health

  The Lifeline Fiji which is a crisis support agency is keen on broadening its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to increase its reachout to rural
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Lifeline Fiji to Broaden its Partnership with the Ministry of Health
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar (seventh from right), with the staff of Lifeline Fiji during the recent visit to Lifeline Fiji’s Crisis Support Centre at Waimanu Road in Suva. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Serviices

 

The Lifeline Fiji which is a crisis support agency is keen on broadening its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to increase its reachout to rural communities.

This has been conveyed by the director of Lifeline Fiji, Archana Mani, after their recent meeting with the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar, at the Lifeline Fiji’s Crisis Support Centre in Suva recently.

The visit has enabled discussions on the way forward to strengthen partnership between the Ministry of Health and Lifeline Fiji.

As such, Lifeline Fiji has acknowledged Ms Akbar’s support towards the organisation’s commitment to create resilient communities.

“We are truly grateful to madam Minister for her continued support.

“It’s motivating to see that the work we do is recognised and supported by the leaders of our nation.

“We had a great discussion during Ms Akbar’s visit and we look forward for strengthened partnership with the Ministry of Health in terms of increasing the visibility of Lifeline Fiji’s services and reachout to communities.

“This partnership is also critical because Ministry of Health has a policy in place for suicide prevention and activities co-ordinated by the Lifeline is aligned to those activities.

“So in terms of the statistics, every 36 hours a person attempts to take his/her life, so in terms of the issue being a critical health issue it needs to be addressed in a united approach, thus we look forward for closer collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services,” Ms Mani said.

One of the significant platforms developed by Lifeline Fiji is the Crisis Support toll free Line, “132 454” which was launched in February this year.

“To date, Lifeline Fiji has received a total of 5023 calls through the crisis line in terms of assisting people who are going through any form of crisis or personal problems.

“Through the support of the Australian government and in partnership with our Australian sister agency, United Care Community, we have been able to reachout to 10,180 individuals out there in 11 communities which were affected by TC Winston.

“Our role is to provide the crisis support to individuals and then refer them to longterm carers which includes, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Health, Medical Services Pacific and Empower Pacific.

“This year we also launched the mentor programme which is geared towards reaching out to address issues concerning the welfare ofwomen, children and families in general.

“Lifeline Fiji has a 12 member team and we are also going to have representation in northern and western division for community outreach,” Ms Mani said.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

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