Volunteer Lauren Deakin - Reflections.

2018.06.12 Categories: Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues, Volunteers

Lauren Deakin is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She volunteered at Viseisei Sai Health Centre from January 2017 to May 2018 as a Public Health Communications Mentor through Australian Volunteers International. Here is her personal reflection of her time spent volunteering at VSHC: My time spent at Viseisei Sai Health Centre is something I will never forget. When I began my contract in January 2017 I was warmly welcomed into the Viseisei project team, already 9 or so months into the EU funded… Read more >>

Annual Reports 2015/16

2018.06.02 Category: VSHC Activities

The Annual Reports for 2015 and 2016 have been uploaded onto the website. You can find them by clicking on the "Mission/Vision" page and then clicking on "Annual Reports".

CCOHSI Final Event

2018.04.29 Category: Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues

The CCOHSI Project commenced in January 2016 and completed April 2018.  This 27 month project aimed to strengthen VSHC to empower existing community structures and leaders. The aim was for them to take ownership of, and express their need to tackle health and social issues, which impinge on human rights and socio economic productivity within their communities. The project was primarily funded by the European Union with contributions also coming from VSHC and Empower Pacific. The final event was held, for the communities, stakeholders and funders involved in the project,… Read more >>

Data Analysis Workshop

2018.03.21 Category: Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues

Last week the CCOHSI Project team participated in a 1 week (9th March – 16th March) workshop on Statistical Analysis of CCOHSI Data with Professor Gillian Heller, Head of Department Statistics, Macquarie University, New South Wales. Professor Heller upskilled the team in multiple areas including: Importance of data cleaning and coding Importance of appropriate questionnaire questions to obtain relevant data Data interpretation and analysis Use of SPSS software in statistical data analysis See pictures below of Professor Heller working with the CCOHSI Project team. Dr. Swaran, Lauren and Professor Heller… Read more >>

EU Blogger reports.

2018.03.17 Category: Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues

CCOHSI Project update   We recently had a European Union blogger, Lauren Chan, join the CCOHSI team on a visit to some of the project communities in Saru Village, Vatulaulau Settlement and Yavuna Village. Lauren aimed to gain understanding of the Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues (CCOHSI) Project and subsequently wrote two short blog posts focusing on some of the significant stories and achievements of the project, the Community Health Workers and the communities themselves. Clink on the two links below to view her inspiring blog posts:… Read more >>

Final Young Mothers workshop.

2018.03.17 Category: Young Mother's Project 2017

The final Young Mothers workshop was held last Tuesday 6th March in Lautoka. This workshop invited mothers who had attended at least one workshop from the previous series in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua.   The aim of the final workshop was to engage local stakeholders to discuss with the mothers, ways of overcoming barriers to achieve their goals, bring together all mothers as a base for social networking, provide an opportunity for family planning and women’s health checks, and celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th). The theme of the… Read more >>

Empowering Teen Mothers in the Vuda District

2018.03.17 Category: Young Mother's Project

The original Young Mothers Project (2015) was funded by $10,000 FJD from UNDP under their Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji Initiative (SCEFI). They have recently released an emblematic story regarding the project, which is well worth reading and available here on their website, as item number 6.     Read more >>

Ministry of Youth and Sports Symposium

2018.01.25 Categories: Young Mother's Project, Young Mother's Project 2017

Young Mothers participants invited to Ministry of Youth and Sports symposium. The Ministry of Youth and Sports recently asked VSHC to invite five participants from the Young Mothers program to attend their ‘Women’s Entrepreneurial and Leadership Youth Symposium’ (WELYS). The theme of the symposium was ‘empowering the next generation of female leaders in Fiji’. The invited mothers were chosen due to their commitment and enthusiasm shown during the Young Mothers workshops, and their interest in the topics presented. Over 40 women attended the WELYS symposium in Lautoka from 16th-19th January,… Read more >>

VSHC 16 Days of Activism

2017.12.14 Categories: Collective Community Ownership of Health and Social Issues, VSHC Activities

     VSHC 16 Days of Activism | 8th December 2017 Stakeholder Event The 16 days of Activism event was Organised by the VSHC CCOHSI Team with the assistance of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Other Stakeholders: Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Empower Pacific, Fiji Police Force. Number of attendees: Approximately 200. Between the 25th of November and the 10th of December the United Nations has set aside 16 Days for Activism towards elimination of Violence Against Women. To mark this… Read more >>

Young Mothers Project – Ba Series (Phase 2/3

2017.11.13 Category: Young Mother's Project 2017

 VSHC / CCOHSI Facilitators Coordinator:    Lauren Toll (Community Health Promotion Officer/AVI Volunteer) Facilitators:         Mosese Baseisei (Project Manager) Seremaia Koroi (Health Promotion Officer) Presenting Stakeholders: Tulia Naivogo - Department of Women Nunia Tutaga - Department of Social Welfare Bauiame Bulilevuka - Department of Cooperatives Karunagaran Nair - Ministry of Youth and Sports Mohammed Razeen - Technical College of Fiji Praneshwar Ram - Technical College of Fiji Litiana Vunitokalau - National Employment Centre Apenisa Naceuceu - Births, Deaths and Marriages The second day of the Ba workshop on October… Read more >>