A high-level World Bank mission team is currently in Fiji to undertake a mission centred around the Fiji Government’s request for support in sustainably strengthening the health sector.

Today’s meeting explored options to support the Fiji Government to improve its health sector including prevention of non-communicable diseases, pharmaceutical supply, infrastructure and human resource.

The meeting was held with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Prof Biman Prasad, Assistant Minister for Finance Hon. Esrom Immanuel, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Lynda Tabuya, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance Shiri Gounder, Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Josefa Koroivueta.

The delegation from the World Bank consisted of Regional Director for Human Development East Asia and the Pacific Daniel Dulitzky, Country Manager for the South Pacific, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu Stefano Mocci, Practice Manager Health, Nutrition and Population Aparnaa Somanathan, Program Leader Human Development Thomas Walker, Senior Economist Mehwish Ashraf and Senior Health Specialist Margareta Norris-Harrit.