Fiji Med-Aid is a non-profit organization based in Fremont, California. It started when I (Rosei Baltz) was informed by a friend on Facebook that Wainibokasi Community Hospital, located in the Rewa delta, had a shortage of medical supplies. I organized some people from that province already living in California to gather medical supplies, and we shipped them to Fiji. We used our own resources to cover the costs. Later, we applied for recognition as a charity, and now have 501(c)(3) status.
Our mission is to provide humanitarian aid, support health care in rural community areas , and improve overall health of disadvantaged populations in the Fiji Islands.
We depend on monetary donations to acquire and ship items, and eventually to conduct medical missions, and we also collect donated medical equipment that can be useful in Fiji.
Ro Logavatu ( President)
He graduated from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands. Mr Logavatu is one of the paramount leaders in the Fiji community in the U.S. He is involved in the many fundraising events in helping people abroad. Mr Logavatu is currently working at H.P.
Tevita Korodrau ( Vice President)
He graduated from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands. He’s an entrepreneur and a business owner. He owns a home care service and also currently is a pastor in his church. Mr Korodrau is involved in fundraising events for the Fijian community in the U.S. He is a leader of the Fiji movement in the U.S to help the government back home to Democracy.
Rosei Baltz (Co-founder, Secretary & Treasurer)
She graduated from Holy Names University, Oakland, California, and currently works as a Registered Nurse at a non-profit facility. Her experience is primarily in urgent and emergency care. She also has experience in nursing management.
Rosei was born in Wainibokasi Community Hospital and grew up in that area before migrating to the U.S years ago. She understands the need to improve community health in Fiji. There is a particular need in rural areas because of the lack of resources available to them. As a nurse she knows how difficult it is to provide better care without proper medical equipment and supplies. She decided to start Fiji Med-Aid to help out the community hospitals and make a difference to the population they serve.
Gulnaaz Hanif, RN M.S (Medical Mission Coordinator)
She works at San Francisco General Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Her current area of expertise is ambulatory care that includes working with underserved communities in a complex, high acuity and multifaceted specialties that encompasses independent and collaborative practice. Her academic background includes M.S in Public Health with minors in Health Policy and Global Health studies from University of California San Francisco. She is passionate about community health and has invested her time to a recent trip in Taveuni, Fiji Islands helping the community there. Her goal is to help improve the quality of life by adapting to healthy lifestyle choices among the communities of the Pacific Island Nations.