The focus of the DMF is to provide medical and dental services as well as health education in the more remote villages and schools of Fiji. This type of outreach we believe to be the most fulfilling mission service. It puts our volunteers in direct contact with the people where they live. We at the DMF consider ourselves to be mission trip facilitators in that we want your time in Fiji to be Christ focused and life changing for you as well as the Fijians.

All medical personal should be aware that the following diseases exist in Fiji and know how to prevent and treat them:

  • Dengue Fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis A

Urgent supply needs at the Vatuvonu Medical Clinic

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not take out-of-date medications or supplies!

Medical problems likely to be encountered in Buca Bay.

Our headquarters and prime mission area is located in a remote, densely tropical area of the island of Vanua Levu at the head of a large bay in a cove, surrounded by high mountains. The physical environment of the area has an effect on the health problems of the population to a large extent, i.e., remoteness, heat, humidity, water sources, etc.

The remoteness of the area has an impact on the pathology you will see at the clinic. The local villagers do not trust the physicians at the two small hospitals on the island and therefore do not want to go there for care. Therefore, by the time you see a patient at the clinic a disease process may be in an advanced state or complicated.

The heat and humidity of the region contribute to the development and persistence of the many dermatological problems encountered.

The amount of rainfall on the island makes water very abundant. Unfortunately, during the rainy season, that abundance may lead to an abundance of mosquitoes carrying the Dengue Fever virus. In addition, many villages depend upon surface water or shallow wells for their drinking water, with the potential for water-borne disease outbreaks.

The following is an outline of some of the common medical problems you can expect to encounter while on the island.

Dermatological Problems

  • Tinea capitus, corporis, cruris and pedis
  • Fungus nails
  • Tinea versicolor(“Dhani” in the local language)
  • Sun exposure related skin tumors
  • Boils, abscesses and folliculitis
  • Impetigo

Eye problems

  • Pingueculas and pterigiums
  • Cataracts
  • Infective conjunctivitis
  • Corneal scarring from old injuries
  • Poor vision, uncorrected

Ear Problems

  • External otitis
  • Otitis media

Nose Problems

  • Allergic rhinitis

Mouth & Throat

  • Dental caries and dental problems
  • Gingivitis

Endocrine Problems

  • Thyroid problems: goiter, thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes mellitus

Respiratory Problems

  • Asthma

Cardiovascular Problems

  • Hypertension

Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic, vague abdominal pains

Genitourinary Problems

  • UTI
  • No means to do PAP smears
  • STDs

Musculoskeletal Problems

  • Seasonal and weather related aches and pains
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Old, mal-aligned fractures
  • Sciatical

Questions and further information

If you have any questions or if you need more information please feel free to call stephen arrington at 530 872-4884 or steve@drugsbite.com

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