Extending Social Health Protection in Fiji: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage

In the Republic of Fiji, an upper-middle-income country with an approximate population of 896,000 in 2020 (World Bank n.d.), the right to health is enshrined in the Constitution. Legally, the state “must take reasonable measures within its available resources to achieve the progressive realization of the right of every person to health, and to the conditions and facilities necessary to good health, and to health care services, including reproductive health care”. 1 The State’s responsibility for social health protection is reflected in the architecture and financing of the health system in Fiji, which relies primarily on government revenues to provide essential health services for free or at a low cost to all residents (WHO 2011). The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has recently adopted a Strategic Plan (2020 ̶ 2025) outlining a strategy to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), and provide the quality of health services necessary to ensure health for all (Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services 2019).

This country brief is part of the country briefs series: Social Protection in action: building social protection floors for all.