Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are non-infectious chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. NCDs are the primary killer of people in Fiji and is estimated to contribute to 82% of all deaths in Fiji. Quality of life is severely compromised for those affected families especially if the effects have resulted in amputations, strokes, or other related illnesses. These diseases can be well-managed if detected early. Instead, however, NCDs have become a major cause of death, disability, and a clear hurdle for the sustenance of livelihoods. In partnership with our sister organization, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND), PRISM has been addressing this issue.
Founder Dr. Animesh Sinha, a general practitioner from the United States, has been volunteering in the underserved communities of Fiji since 2007 and has comprehensively evaluated thousands of patients in Fiji. He has devised the PRISM program structured specifically for the needs of the underserved of Fiji . Dr Sinha’s primary intent is to create a sustainable NCD program that is harmoniously introduced into the local community and Health Ministry’s established infrastructure.
This initiative is complemented by the Governance program of FRIEND which encourages composting, exercise, income generation, and backyard gardening/improved nutrition in the communities.