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DR JIKO FATAFEHI LUVENI
MINISTER FOR HEALTH, WOMEN and SOCIAL WELFARE
Dr Luveni graduated with a Diploma in Dental Surgery at Fiji School of Medicine in 1967 and Diploma in Public Health Dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1982. During the course of her career, she continues to undertake short courses in various disciplines of program management nationally, regionally and internationally including the United Nations training programs in New York and Washington DC.
Dr Luveni has undertaken advisory assignments for the WHO in health education and management of health learning materials in Malaysia, Japan and Tanzania. She represented Fiji as the Pacific resource person for the Year of the Family conference sponsored by UNFPA held in New Zealand in 1994.
Dr Luveni practiced and provided dental services through out all the Divisions in Fiji before joining the Primary and Preventive Health Unit at the Ministry of Health headquarters. IN 1988, she joined the United Nations Population Fund where she worked for 15 years as a Program manager serving the Pacific region. UNFPA supports populations programs. She also worked for three years at the Ministry of Health as the HIV/AIDS Project Officer before setting up the NGO, Fiji Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS as its Executive Director.
As the program Manager for UNFPA, Dr Luveni was instrumental in the provision of technical and financial support for the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in its population and family planning project and was involved in the program throughout Fiji. She continues to maintain the contact with women of all races in her work in the HIV and AIDS program in communities throughout Fiji. A specific need of women living with HIV, is social welfare support and income generation in which she has been in close contract with the assistance provided by the former Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Housing.
A former sports enthusiast, Dr Luveni was a women’s champion in table tennis and Golf representing Fiji in three South Pacific Games in both events. Has served as a member of the Board of the Fiji Sports Council and the Tripartite Appeals Committee of FASANOC.
Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming Dr Luveni to the lectern.