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Illness and injury happen both at home and abroad. One of our goals in preparing you to serve as a Volunteer is to help you understand the health risks of the country where you will serve.

Please take a moment to learn about the most prevalent health risks and the most commonly treated illnesses Volunteers experience while serving in Fiji [PDF].

The Volunteers' health is a priority for Peace Corps. Volunteers are given information on country-specific health concerns and trained in health risk prevention during the 10-week pre-service training. In addition, as a Volunteer, you will have access to medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Read more on how the Peace Corps approaches medical care during service.

Peace Corps Fiji maintains a Health Unit with Medical Officers who handle Volunteers' primary health care needs, including evaluation and treatment of most medical conditions. Upon your arrival in-country, Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs) are available to provide health care services. The Health Unit will provide you with a country-specific health handbook and a medical kit with basic medical supplies to treat mild illnesses and injuries. The Peace Corps will restock your medical kit with supplies as needed throughout your service. Your prescription medications will be ordered for you during pre-service training and provided throughout your service, but these medications may take several months to arrive. Therefore, the Peace Corps requests you bring at least a three-month supply of your prescriptions and other specific medical supplies to use during your initial months in-country. After arrival in Fiji, Peace Corps provides, and Trainees/Volunteers are required to have, an annual flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

During service, the PCMOs are available to answer your questions: you are free to contact them by phone, text message, email, or in person if you have a physical, emotional, or other concern related to your health or well-being. You will have physicals at mid-service and at the end of your service and can be seen by your PCMO on an as-needed basis. Additional medical care is available at local hospitals at the authorization of a PCMO. If you develop a serious medical problem during your service, the PCMO will consult with the Office of Health Services in Washington, D.C., or a Regional Medical Officer. If you cannot receive the care you need in-country, you will be transported to a Peace Corps-approved regional medical facility or to the United States.

Peace Corps Medical Officers:  Dr. Fina, standing, and Nurse Jacinta, sitting
Peace Corps Fiji Peace Corps Medical Officers

Most medical problems seen in Fiji are also found in the United States, such as colds, diarrhea, skin infections, headaches, minor injuries, sexually transmitted infections, adjustment disorders, and emotional problems. For Volunteers, these problems may be more frequent or compounded by life in Fiji because local factors raise the risk of or exacerbate the severity of certain illnesses.

The medical problems specific to Fiji are respiratory and skin infections (including fungal infections, scabies, and heat rash), dengue fever, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diarrhea, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Health problems also can result from local environmental factors, such as dust, humidity, insects, and disease-producing microorganisms.

Volunteers are often placed in remote locations that do not have health care facilities that handle serious illness or injury. While Peace Corps Medical Officers coordinate health care for all Volunteers in country, Volunteers can reduce some risks by following health care guidance and taking proper precautions.