Ambassador gives diabetic aid to Fiji

July 7, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Ambassador Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, the non-resident Israel Ambassador to Fiji, visited the island nation where he presented his credentials to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Ambassador Shmuel Ben-Shmuel presents his credentials

Ambassador Shmuel Ben-Shmuel presents supplies

During his visit, Ambassador Ben-Shmuel gave various TV and press interviews and was involved in the presentation of essential diabetes-related medical supplies to Minister for health Dr. Neil Sharma. Dr. Sharma said that equipments will be distributed to the divisional hospital  in the provision of health care services.

“The support of Israel has made this humanitarian medical assistance project in Fiji a reality, because Insulin for Life Australia (IFL) operates its programs as partnerships, and the Embassy of Israel in covering the transport and handling costs. IFL and the Israeli government have expanded the program to several other Pacific Islands nations” said Mr. Ron Raab President of Insulin for Life Australia and Global (IFL).

IFL Australia and Global donates life-saving diabetes supplies following specific requests from recognised organizations in countries in need, and with an agreed protocol.

Eight affiliated IFL centres exist in Europe and North America and supplies are sent to 22 countries in all 7 International Diabetes Federation/WHO Regions.

During the visit Ambassador Ben-Shmuel emphasized Fiji’s close and ongoing relationship with Israel, drawing attention to Fijian peace keeping missions in the Middle East, and expressed hope for this relationship to be further enhanced in the future.

With the September 17th Fijian elections drawing closer, the Ambassador has indicated an intention to send observers for the polling day after being invited by the Fijian government.

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