The Official Launch
Sai Prema Foundation Fiji (SPF) was officially launched on 19th August 2016 by Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. During this event, two of its key initiatives were launched.
First was the “Health on Wheels” project, which is about taking healthcare to those who are unable to access medical services because of their socio-economic situation. The foundation has acquired a truck to facilitate transport of medical and other related equipment to these medical camps. The second key initiative launched at this event was the “Gift of Life” project. A cardiac team (led by Dr. Ashish Katewa) from Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Raipur, India operated on 25 children with congenital heart problems. All of the surgeries were free of charge. These were coordinated by the members of the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji in conjunction with the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services.
At the official Launch function, the chairman of SPF, Mr. Mahendra Tappoo addressed the guests. He spoke about the projects which were carried out by the foundation, and how it will work together with the Fiji government to make a difference. He thanked Dr. Ashish Katewa and his team, who were all present at this event, for their generosity. Apart from the free Pediatric cardiac surgeries, Dr. Katewa and his team from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital have offered to train a local team at its hospital in central India free of cost. In the meantime, the hospital group has committed to continue to send a specialist cardiac team annually until Fiji is able to conduct its own Pediatric cardiac surgeries in-house.
Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji and the function’s chief guest appreciated the Sai Prema Foundation members for coming together to help the people in need. He also acknowledged the foundation for undertaking the initiative and bringing Dr. Katewa and his team to Fiji for the free Pediatric cardiac operations on 25 children. On behalf of the Fijian government and Sai Prema Foundation Fiji, he presented Dr. Katewa with a token of gratitude. Other members of the cardiac team were also felicitated by the acting Prime Minister
Felicitation of the Cardiac Team by Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum