Republic of Fiji

Fiji & Sea Mercy

We are very excited to announce that the Republic of Fiji has agreed to a partnership with Sea Mercy for 2014 and beyond. As Sea Mercy's second island nation partner, we will be working closely with the Department of Health to develop and implement the most effective program to reach and serve their over 100 remote islands that currently do not have the level of health care services they desire for their people. Standing in the gap with our free floating clinics, Sea Mercy will be expanding our Floating Health Care Clinics fleet and volunteer outreach to meet the growing needs of our island nation partners.


The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of 7,100 sq miles. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 850,000.

Capital: Suva
Population: 849,000 (2011) United Nations
Land Area: 7,056 sq miles
Number of islands: 2 major islands and 332 smaller islands
GDP/capita (US$): 4,620
Currency: Fijian dollar
Official language: English, Fijian

Although the United States provides relatively little direct bilateral development assistance to Fiji, it contributes through its membership in multilateral agencies and USAID funding of regional environmental projects. Small U.S. grants contribute to civil society, journalism, environmental protection, and anti-human-trafficking efforts. Non-military law enforcement cooperation assists port security, rule of law professionalism, intellectual property rights, and disaster preparedness and response. Assistance in 2012 included an $800,000 grant through a U.S.-based consortium to support the drafting of a new constitution. There is a Peace Corps program in Fiji.

Health Workforce:
Physicians: 4.3/10,000 people
Nurses & Midwives: 22/10,000
Dentistry: 2.2/10,000

The immunization rates for children under one were as follows: diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, 84%; polio, 84%; measles, 82%.

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