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Do more for MDGs

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, March 18, 2012

FIJI needs to do more to achieve the Millenium Development Goals by 2015.

This was the view of Professor Ian Rouse, dean of the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

He made the comment at the conclusion of the MDGs Go Live concert on Friday night at the Tattersal Leisure Centre organised by the college.

"Right across the Pacific we are becoming overwhelmed with some of the most significant health and environmental challenges that we have ever faced," he said.

Professor Rouse said Fiji was not a unique example with a number of other countries in the Pacific region in similar situations.

"The regional health crisis has been acknowledged by all health ministers, the United Nations and the Prime Minister of Fiji.

"While we can do more to reach the MDGs, I can say that Fiji is very committed to reaching the goals and as such is making good progress in this regard." Professor Rouse said there was also a need for stakeholders to use alternative means to get the message of the MDGs out to the public.

"This is really why we had this concert to explore how we can use music to spread the message of the MDGs and create more awareness on them," he said.

He said the MDGs were a rich canvas for development throughout the world covering topics like the alleviation of poverty, improving education, empowering women and ensuring healthy children and mothers.

"It's time for creativity in how we get the simple messages of health and wellbeing out to all people living in Fiji and the Pacific," he said.


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