Denominational leaders meet to tackle health problems in Fiji

Adventist health leaders in Fiji met with leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Suva, Fiji on Friday, June 15.

Like the Adventist Church—represented by Adventist Health directors, Dr Alipate Vakomocea (Fiji Mission) and Dr Paul Wood (Trans Pacific Union)—leaders of the LDS are also actively seeking to combat the epidemic of type 2 diabetes in the South Pacific.

It was noted that both denominations encourage their members to lead healthy lifestyles and to help improve the health of their communities. The LDS church leaders were interested to learn of the initiatives that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is implementing in the South Pacific Division and hope to do something similar.

Dr Vakomocea’s presentation outlined the Church’s 10,000 toes initiative, which has been devised to help stamp out type 2 diabetes in the Pacific, and the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). Both initiatives were well-received and there was discussion about potential ways to work together in tackling type 2 diabetes.