Medical Services Pacific is a Fijian based charity that provides a range of development services for vulnerable communities in the Asia and Pacific region.
MSP is a rights based agency that works to ensure Pacific women and adolescents have access to quality and professional health services, particularly reproductive health and maternal and child health services. MSP endorses universal access to reproductive health care, recognizing that access to reproductive health care is key to strengthening women’s capacity as providers, and leaders and agents of change in the Pacific.
MSP endorses international human rights conventions and embraces the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). MSP supports the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment to Fight HIV and AIDS. MSP seeks to support the attainment of MGD Goals 1,2, 3,4,5 and 6.
- Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality Rate
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
- Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
MSP programs are designed to support the, Pacific Platform of Action (2005-2015) and the Fiji Women’s Plan of Action (2010-2019), which are aligned to the Beijing Platform of Action 1995 and the Millennium Development Goal 3 “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women”. In Fiji, MSP supports the Fiji Road map for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-economic Development (2009-2014), specifically Pillar 10 Improving Health Service Delivery. The Fiji Women’s Plan of Action (WPA) has 5 priority areas for the development and advancement of women. MSP programs support all areas but focus particularly ‘Access to Services (Health and HIV and Aids), Education and other basic services”.
Womens Empowerment and Gender
MSP provides an integrated program response designed to support women and those impacted by gender violence. MSP seeks to increase information and services for women and girls and boys to reduce and end sexual violence, specifically to:
- Increase women’s access to justice by providing information and referrals and raising awareness through outreach and public communications around women’s rights.
- Provide support services, including a one stop shop model which provides reproductive health care services, clinical services (including HIV and STI counselling testing and treatment), family planning (including unplanned pregnancy advice, referrals and counselling, counselling and referrals for trauma and domestic or gender violence.
- Prevent Violence through community outreach and public education (radio and road shows) and supports policy development that seeks to transform gender norms and end VAWG.
MSP has youth inclusive programing and promotes responsible sexual and reproductive health behaviour, aimed to reduce:
- Pregnancy before maturity
- Unmet need for contraception in young people
- STI, HIV/AIDs and RTI
- sexual violence and exploitation
- Substance Abuse, depression and teen suicide
- Improving Nutrition and Oral health
- Youth empowerment through information, education and counselling for healthy living.
Climate Change, Environmental Health and Population Focus
MSP was established to provide Technical Support services that include vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for populations vulnerable to climate change in the Pacific, through its linkages with universities, partner consulting groups and the “friends of MSP group”. The latter is a network of medical and scientific professionals around the world that volunteer their time to assist.
MSP Suva Clinic – One Stop Shop
- Medical services for women (Pap smear, breast examinations, pre/post natal),
- SRH care for men and women
- Counseling and family planning
- Maternal and Child Health care
- GBV/Sexual Assault Support Services (in partnership with MOH and Fiji Police Force) and referral services
- HIV Counseling and testing
- Youth Counselling
Clinical Outreach Services Fiji
- Working with Government Nurses and field staff to provide SRH care including pre-natal and maternal-child health care.
- Public information campaigns and awareness sessions for the prevention of HIV
- Voluntary Counseling and Testing
- GBV & Sexual Assault Support Network
- Leadership and Adolescent Lifestyle skills – seeking to reduce communicable and non communicable diseases.
- Oral Health in partnership with Fiji National University, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, DOH.
Integrating and Strengthening Services for those affected by Gender Based Violence in Fiji (EU – EIDHR Program)
The project aims:
(1) To reduce incidents of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Fiji through education, service provision, coordination, integration and communication by 2012.
(2) To increase access to confidential clinical reproductive health services for women and those affected by sexual assault in Vitilevu Fiji.
The project delivers increased access to safe, confidential and integrated social and health care services for victims of GBV and Sexual Assault in Fiji.
All Women And Chidren Empowered Now (AWACEN) funded by the British High Commission and EU
- Strengthening the rights of women and children by increasing their access to information and clinical reproductive health services designed to address and respond to gender violence in Fiji.
- Strengthen the rights of the child immediately by providing access to confidential clinical services, support and referral services for survivors and others at risk of gender violence
Corporate Outreach Services Fiji
- Medical Checks, Referrals and Linkages
- Reproductive Health information, awareness and education
- STI advice and treatment
- Family Planning services
- Other Health services as arranged
MSP assists men and women between the ages of 12 and 50, specifically identifying women and youth as a vulnerable or at risk population for STI’s, unplanned pregnancies and sexual assault. MSP programs are designed to raise awareness on the issues of gender based violence.
MSP corporate and community education programs also include information on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), particularly where they cross cut into reproductive health (e.g. breast, cervical and prostate cancers) and youth health. MSP teams encourage and equip women and adolescents with the knowledge to make healthy life choices. According to the Minister of Health,
“the Non Communicable Disease (NCs) situation is like that of an epidemic and must be dealt with like a public health emergency with the assistance of all stakeholders. The number of people with NCD’s such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease, cancers, accident and injuries is increasing annually in Fiji.” NCD Strategic Plan 2010-2015.
NCD’s also include drug and substance abuse health and social issues which have a devastating impact on families and communities. Substance abuse increases the likelihood of domestic and gender based violence in the family and places children at risk. The challenges of NCD’s can be managed through a multi stakeholder campaign to change behaviours and encourage and endorse healthier lifestyles. Civil society organizations like MSP with their experience in behaviour change and our rapid mobile teams are a key tool for the MOH and for Fiji and can be deployed rapidly to assist vulnerable groups.
MSP – working to end violence against women and children and improve access to health care and information.