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Overtime the Centre has initiated programs and strategies, provide advice to government on policy matters affecting healthy promotion, provide training and resource support to other health workers and forge strategic coalitions in the interest of improving the health of the people of Fiji.
The process of strategic planning commenced in May 1996 and was facilitated by the Fiji Trilateral Health Promotion Project based at the Centre for the period 1996-1998. One of the key components of this project, which was a joint venture of the Fiji, Australia and Japanese governments, was to strengthen the health promotion capacity of the National Centre for Health Promotion and Primary and Preventive Health Care Service.
Through its settings program, the Centre forms inter-sectoral partnerships and together work towards creating health promoting communities, schools, workplaces, hotels, hospitals and health centres.
Through the National Health Promotion Council, the Centre facilitates a small grant scheme for NGOs and community groups on health promotion activities upon completion of profiling, training and provision of action.
The Centre in conjunction with other government and non-government organizations offers a range of services based on the following five main action areas:
1. Policy - Developments of public policies designed to improve health with the aim to create a supportive environment that makes healthy choices easier. A health promotion policy for the Fiji islands has already been developed. The health promotion bill has been endorsed by the Council and awaiting its enactment. The Pubic Service Health Promoting Workplace Policy 2008 has also been completed through the Public Service Commission and the NCHP shall work with PSC and OHS Division (Ministry of Labour) for monitoring the effectiveness and consistent application of the policy and conduct periodic audits of Ministry/Department practices.
2. Research & evaluation - Evaluation of national campaigns on health promotion activities. Provide baseline information to measure health status across the nation. Strengthening the monitoring and evaluating Divisional Management Teams (DMTS) and Sub Divisional Management Teams (SDMTS)
Providing the direction for future health promotion activities based on research outcomes and identifying areas of collaboration in both government organizations.
3. Community & Organizational Development (COD) - COD facilitates the establishment of health promoting settings- eg. Health promoting villages, schools, workplaces settlements etc through the profiling, training. Formulation of action plans and monitoring and evaluation. By July 2008 there are 418 settings already been established in Fiji. From 2007 the Integrated Community Development Program on "Towards a Healthy Fiji" banner was formed with the Ministry of Fijian Affairs and Ministry of Provincial Development.
4. Training and Education - All divisions are undergoing 3 modules of Monitoring and Evaluation and 2 modules of Health Promoting Workplaces.
5. Social Marketing - Assist the MOH, Women & Social Welfare and in the planning, implementation of health promotion campaigns, and international health-related days and events. COMBI plans are currently being implemented for some of the campaigns such as OPIC (Obesity Prevention in Children), Diabetes prevention, Mental Health, Road Safety and Immunization.