Captain Cook Cruises Raises FJ$17,000 for Child Health in Fiji

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has successfully raised FJ$17,000 for Cure Kids Fiji since announcing their partnership 12 months ago. The funds have had a huge impact in addressing some of the most urgent child health challenges in Fiji and helped achieve significant improvements for these children, and their families throughout the country.

“Cure Kids Fiji is very grateful to Captain Cook Cruises and their guests for their commitment to making a real difference in the lives of our children, and we look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen vital health programs for Fijian children”, says Jennifer Miller, Cure Kids Fiji.

According to Tony Acland, General Manager, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, “We are thrilled to have raised these funds for Cure Kids Fiji and have been able to help so many children and their families.”

“Our Reef Endeavour guests have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts and are more than happy to pay the optional $1 per room per night charge that goes directly to Cure Kids Fiji. We look forward to supporting this great charity for many years to come.” Continues Mr Acland.

Cure Kids Fiji has been working in Fiji since 2006 to improve the health of Fijian children through research and evidence-based child health programs, namely the Fiji Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Prevention & Control Program, and the Fiji Oxygen Project. Too many Fijian children lose their lives to illnesses that are both treatable and preventable in other parts of the world; these programs provide sustainable, robust life-saving solutions

 Key Information

Key Achievements of the RHD Prevention & Control Programme since 2014:

  • 4,000+ patients across Fiji benefiting from Fiji’s first online RHD patient information system
  • 2600+ health workers trained in providing best-practice care to patients.
  • 1000+ RHD patients and carers benefiting from community building & support group activities.
  • Almost 300% increase in national patient adherence to treatment programme
  • Successful pilot of innovative model for early detection of RHD cases in schools.

Key Achievements of the Fiji Oxygen Project:

  • 22 oxygen concentrators installed throughout 4 health facilities around Fiji
  • 130+ clinical and technical staff trained in detection and treatment
  • 4500+ patients nationwide treated with oxygen

In additional to the optional $1 per room per night charged to guests on MV Reef Endeavour, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji works help promote Cure Kids Fiji and the work they do through raising awareness and educating their guests, the people of Fiji, and Captain Cook Cruises staff.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji operate three, four, seven and eleven-night cruises around the inner and remote islands of Fiji onboard small ship, MV Reef Endeavour. The company also operates a full day Tivua Island Day cruise, a half day Lazy Lunch cruise to Tivua Island and a Sunset Dinner Cruise.

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For more information on Cure Kids Fiji contact Jennifer Miller: M: +679 944 0488 or Email: jennifer@curekids.org.fj

For media enquiries contact: Brooke Tolar, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, M: 0411 553 246, or Email: pr@captaincookcruisesfiji.com

Editors Notes

Cure Kids Fiji

Cure Kids Fiji was launched in 2006 in partnership with AccorHotels and the New Zealand based charity Cure Kids, who were founded by Rotary 45 years ago. Since launching in Fiji, child health research and initiatives worth more than FJ $7m have been delivered in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

 Rheumatic Heart Disease

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) affects one in 50 children aged 5 – 15 years, while life-threatening is a preventable condition. Fiji has one of the highest known rates in the world and is the second leading cause of death for young people and the second most common cause of death for pregnant Women.

In June 2014, a four-year partnership project commenced with the aim of preventing & reducing the impact of RHD in the Fiji Islands.

In partnership with the Fiji Ministry of health and world-leading RHD experts from Australia and NZ, Cure Kids is leading a national-level, research-based project, improving and building capacity across all aspects of RHD control and prevention.

The Fiji Oxygen Program

Each year in Fiji, approximately 200 children under 5 years-of-age die from pneumonia and newborn illnesses. Using oxygen to treat pneumonia in children reduces death by 35%. However, many health facilities in Fiji have unreliable or rationed oxygen supplies, leaving patients vulnerable. Cure Kids Fiji in collaboration with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services and experts at the University of Auckland, are implementing new ways to improve oxygen availability to save lives.

(Source:  Captain Cook Press Release 13 September 2019)

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