Consumer Council and Sai Prema Foundation Commit to Promoting Healthy Living

March 31, 2021

The Consumer Council of Fiji (CCoF) and the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier today which now enables the two organisations to collaboratively create awareness and educate Fijians on their health and wellness.

The MoU marks both the organisations continuous efforts to promote healthy living and wellbeing for all ages. The Consumer Council of Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer Ms Seema Shandil has welcomed this new partnership and says that the Council is looking forward to working closely with the Foundation.

“The Council being the frontline or first point of contact for consumer grievances has a strong mandate from consumers to express their viewpoints on issues affecting them. This being said, the Council over the past years has ventured into advocacy work on consumer health as the choices which individuals make as consumers ultimately has an impact on their health”, said Ms Shandil.

Ms Shandil says that this is additional advocacy and awareness work which the Council is venturing into apart from its normal functions and the Council is commending the work being carried out by the Sai Prema Foundation which provides cutting edge health services to our young consumers free of charge.

“The Consumer Council is a very strong supporter and promoter of the Sustainable Development Goals and through this MoU the Council is tapping on to SGD 3; Good Health and Wellbeing and we will soon also be announcing a major project which the Council will be embarking on especially dedicated to SDG 3”, she added.

“The mission of our Foundation is to serve the people of Fiji through various projects and initiatives and our commitment to the people of Fiji is exemplified through our significant investment into the healthcare industry. The Foundation’s Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre, Sai Sanjeevani Heart Screening Centre and the soon-to-be-opened Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital is a testament of our commitment to serving our nation. These health offerings are totally free of charge and there is no billing counter”, said Mr Sumeet Tappoo.

Mr Tappoo also added that this MOU is a testament of the two organisations unwavering efforts to create a healthy and prosperous Fiji.

“Sai Prema Foundation is extremely happy to embark upon this collaborative partnership with Consumer Council of Fiji for the advocacy of good health and wellbeing. No organisation or foundation can do it alone. It takes the coming together of various stakeholders to achieve progress and betterment across the community, society and even a nation. This MOU signing today will mean that two organisations, Consumer Council of Fiji and Sai Prema Foundation, who are committed to serving the people of Fiji, will leverage off each other to achieve a very unique and noble vision of creating a healthier nation”, he said.

For any additional information regarding the work of the Consumer Council or the Sai Prema Foundation, Fijians can contact the Council on toll-free number 155 or the Foundation on 3312265.

Sai Prema Foundation Director Mr Sumeet Tappoo said that the Foundation was founded to serve the people of Fiji and they have had the opportunity to make a significant difference to the nation.