The vision of this proposed children’s heart hospital is to become the most important pediatric cardiac care centre for Fiji and the Pacific Island nations. Pursuant to the principles of the Foundation, no child or parent will pay for the surgery. All services at the Hospital including Heart Surgery will be provided completely free of charge.
The construction of the FJD$25million Hospital is well advanced and the Hospital will be officially inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister of Fiji soon after the opening up of the international borders. This hospital will make this the largest charitable project undertaken by an NGO in the history of Fiji.
Despite the charitable nature of the project, the Sai Prema Foundation is creating a world-class facility with the aim of providing the best possible surgery and treatment to the children of Fiji and the Pacific.
The Sai Prema Foundation is committed to providing free training abroad for Fijians in its bid to build local capacity with a vision of one day transforming this specialist Hospital into one which is run with local Fijian Surgeons, Doctors and Medical personnel.more ^
232 children have been given a new lease of life after been given free heart surgeries by the Sai Prema Foundation, at a cost of FJD$23 million over the last 7 years.
The Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children's Hospital Fiji and Medical Coordinator of the Sai Prema Foundation, Dr. Krupali Tappoo has highlighted that these surgeries were performed by an international medical team of professionals from the United States of America, Australia, India, Singapore, Oman, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Dr. Tappoo says over 7 years in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, over 24,798 patients have received medical treatment free of charge.
Dr. Tappoo says in April 2019, the then Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, inaugurated the South Pacific’s first Children Heart Screening Centre which has screened over 13,248 children with congenital heart disease.