People diagnosed with Lupus can now have a place to share their struggles and find support as a new organization known as the Lupus Foundation Fiji.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body and it strikes women of childbearing age, 15-44 years old.
Founder and Executive Coordinator Lupus Foundation Fiji, Una Tuitubou says the organization educates and advocates on how people who are affected by this sickness can improve their quality of life.
Tuitubou says they provide people living with this disease support and assistance in gaining access to information on Lupus diagnosis, developments in lupus treatment, medical knowledge, research and also raising awareness on the disease.
She says the setup of the Lupus Foundation Fiji was inspired by her son who suggested that they should work towards a 15 year plan to build a hospital in memory of his younger brother who passed away from the complications of Lupus on September 24th, 2016.