FIJI’S former Speaker of Parliament and Health advocate – the Late Dr Jiko Luveni, was recognized at the 72nd World Health Assembly, receiving a ‘Global Health Hero Award’ from the World Health Organization.
The award recognises those who have championed the cause of health, successfully influenced political agendas, and contributed to raising awareness on health issues globally.
The first Fijian woman to graduate as a dentist from the Fiji School of Medicine – Dr Luveni was a life-long health and social advocate.
Announcing the award at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Lori Sloate, moderator of the High Level Segment, said Dr Luveni was a committed and passionate champion for health, social welfare and women.
“Her work in both health and politics made a significant impact both locally and internationally,” she said.
Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, received the award on Dr Luveni’s behalf.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this award on behalf of the late Dr Jiko Luveni, for her tremendous contributions towards the development of Fiji’s health sector, women and sports.
“Many of the achievements we have made in service delivery for people living with HIV/AIDS, and social protection, can be directly attributed to her efforts,” he added.