Parties team up on Fiji centre

Dr Patrick Vakaoti
Dr Patrick Vakaoti
University of Otago researchers and Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital have teamed up to help establish a new research centre for communicable diseases in Fiji.

The University of Otago’s Global Health Institute and Mercy Hospital are supporting the start-up of a new Communicable Diseases Research Centre at Fiji National University.

Health institute co-director Associate Prof Patrick Vakaoti said supporting the Fijian university’s plan to build an internationally competitive research centre in the Pacific was part of the institute’s vision of a world in which health problems were solved by those most affected by them.

And it allowed the institute to help under-resourced researchers in the Pacific work on the most pressing health issues in that area.

Mercy Hospital Mission co-ordinator Rev Alofa Lale said the hospital was excited about supporting healthcare in the region.

The hospital had committed $97,500 over three years towards the employment of a co-ordinator for the centre.

Laboratory facilities at the new research centre would require a major fundraising effort over the next two years, the university said.

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