Fiji working on plan to eradicate infant deaths
07:01 Thu Jun 21, 2012
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
A team from the University of Fiji’s Dr Umanand Prasad Medical School (UPSM) has started work on an international consultancy project that aims to help prevent new born babies infected by a new strain of HIV virus from their mothers from dying.
Dean of UPSM, Dr Altaisaikhan Khasag is leading the team and they are visiting hospitals, sub-divisional facilities and health centres around the country.
After the visits they will meet with the Ministry of Health to evaluate their findings and plan a course of action for Fiji.
Last year world leaders decided to work collectively to eradicate infant deaths from the new HIV infections as well as congenital syphilis infection by 2015.
According to UN statistics 370,000 newly born babies died from the two infections in 2009. Of this 22,000 deaths alone were from the Asia Pacific region.
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