The 10,000 Toes Campaign, has received the 2021/2022 Healthy Island Award in the Best Practice Category from the World Health Organization for its work in Fiji. The award was presented by Fiji Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. The award recognises the work that 10,000 Toes are doing in helping to address the epidemic of lifestyle diseases, particularly diabetes, in the Pacific.
The Fiji chapter of 10,000 Toes has more than 2,000 ambassadors working to turn the tide on diabetes, according to regional ambassador George Kwong. “We currently have a number of wellness hubs where health screening and Lifestyle Intervention Programs are delivered. Our goal is to have over 100 wellness hubs operating by the end of 2025.”
Mrs Pamela Townend, campaign coordinator said the 10,000 Toes Campaign is not only in Fiji but has a presence in six other countries. The campaign currently operates five mobile clinics and has trained more than 4,000 ambassadors. It has upskilled 101 professionals, provided over 954 screening kits and tested over 10,000 people for diabetes.
“Our work is not over until every village in the Pacific has had an opportunity to go on a health journey,” said Mrs Townend, “and we look forward to this challenge.”