The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (P.S.R.H.) successfully concluded its 12th biennial meeting in Port Vila Vanuatu last week.
The much-anticipated meeting ran a suite of six skills workshops for three days followed by three days of a scientific conference.
The meeting brought together doctors, specialists, midwives, nurses and health workers from all over the Pacific including stakeholders and partners from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
It is the most important professional development event in the reproductive health calendar for the region. P.S.R.H. received funding assistance from the United Nations Population Fund, the Pacific Community and the Vanuatu government.
There were six clinician representatives from Samoa and leading the delegation was Salausa Dr John Ah Ching, the Associate Minister of Health.
Dr Ah Ching was invited to attend as he was being awarded the Society’s President’s Medal. The medal was awarded in recognition of Dr Ah Ching’s distinguished service to the Pacific Society and to honour his significant contribution in building leaders in reproductive health and for innovative services to improve patient care.
Only six other individuals have received the award which includes Prof Glen Mola of Papua New Guinea, Prof Rajat Gyaneshwar of Fiji and Dr Rufina Latu of the World Health Organization.
Dr Ah Ching presented a paper at the conference on his project in training midwives in the district hospitals in Samoa to do basic ultrasound scanning in order to detect problems early and effect timely referrals to the national hospital.
The President of PSRH, Dr Pushpa Nusair of Fiji, in congratulating Dr Ah Ching, said that the region watches such developments in Samoa with interest.