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Society website activated

Rebecca Medhurst
Saturday, March 08, 2014

GOVERNMENT officials, guests and the media have helped re-launched the Fiji Cancer Society's website and branding.

At a function this week, the society's board of interim trustees chairman, Nazhat Shareem, said the problems the society had faced since August last year, when bank accounts were frozen and trustees and members dismissed, were because of worries that the organisation was not working according to its constitution.

She said while it was clear that the society still faced issues as it tried to regain the faith of the Fijian public, the support shown by members of the Ministry of Health, volunteers and various individuals were very promising.

Mrs Shameem said support was pivotal with cancer among the top causes of death in Fiji, with an incidence of about 129 deaths per 100,000.

The re-launch had been planned since January, according to the society's Rajshree Baleisuva, who said the the society felt a complete transformation was necessary in order to get back the support and faith they have so quickly lost.

"We need to keep moving forward" she said.

Dr Tomasi Marovia, the oncology pharmacist at the CWM Hospital, said: "Many people lost hope, so with the same logo getting the hope back was not feasible."

Dr Marovia has big plans for the future of the treatment of cancer in Fiji.

"We're aiming to have radiotherapy treatment in Fiji within the next few years", although he acknowledged this would be a difficult feat to pull off in so short a time.


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