A special about the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation, a team of kiwi Indo-Fijian doctors who provide life-saving heart operations in Fiji.
17 operations in total, 3 surgeries a day. Everyone is working shifts. The inadequacies of the Fijian health system. We follow one patient through her operation and recovery. A visit to a village to see how the locals live.
One man talks openly about the effects of poverty on their health. Locals protest against tax increases, which worries even the Health Minister. This makes the friends of Fiji Heart Foundation even more important.
Credits from this episode.
The final Asia Downunder for 2006 is a special about the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation, a team of Kiwi doctors who each year spend two weeks providing life-saving heart operations in Fiji. A number of the team grew up there. The inadequacies of the Fijian health system are touched on, and the effects of poverty on health are examined. A man in the street gives his assessment of how the poor are treated in Fiji, and the Health Minister provides a surprising response.