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Fijian delegation in Korea to scope aged care policies, programs

News 18 Sep 2018

A Fijian Government delegation is in Korea this week to explore opportunities and see how services for the aged are designed, implemented and monitored for sustainability.

With more older persons expected to be living in the country come 2025, Government through the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has committed to achieving its mandate to address the issues faced by our women, children, families, persons living with disabilities and older persons.

According to a media release issued from Government, a delegation led by Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa is in Korea.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the main purpose of their visit was to see first-hand the policies and programs in relation to aged care and contextualise it to suit the care of the elderly in Fiji, particularly those who reside in state homes.

While visiting the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, she said an increasing number of Fijians were likely to need some help in their day-to-day living due to old age and disabilities.

Mrs Vuniwaqa and the delegation later visited the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) a research institute and met with the vice president Dr Kyung Hee Chung.

The main agenda that had been discussed included the policies and various programs that they undertake to help the aging population.

The delegation will be visiting the care facilities in the days to come to study infrastructure designs and programs in each care facility so that it can be contextualized into the three state homes in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Times