Webinar – Learning the lessons from COVID in the Pacific

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Thursday 28th April 2022 

An interactive talanoa style discussion on experiences of and lessons learned during the COVID outbreak in the Pacific. 

Panelists will include medical specialists from across the Pacific, including representatives from Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, and Niue. 

Learn from the experiences of other teams operating during the COVID epidemic.

  • What did they do to safeguard patients’ health? 
  • How did they manage the drain on human resources? 
  • What would they do differently in future outbreaks?
  • How would they prepare their teams for non-COVID times, directly after the intensity of a COVID outbreak?

Panelists Include

Dr Ulai Tapa Fidow

Based in TTM Hospital, Apia Samoa, Dr Fidow graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in O&G 2012 and a Masters in O&G 2016 from FNU in Fiji. He has been working as a O&G Specialist in Samoa since 2018 andis currently spearheading the development of O&G Guidelines and clinical response, in managing maternal Covid cases in Samoa.

Dr Atropa Belladonna Potoi

Dr Potoi is working at LTP Medical Clinic , Matafele, Samoa. She works as a GP, as a NZ Panel physician and serves on the Samoa Medical Association, and is the current President of the Samoa Medical Council & a Secretary Medical Officer at USP.

Dr Jason Tautasi

Dr Tautasi is a FSM graduate (2014) and has worked in Niue for 5 years as a rural generalist. He is the lead O&G doctor in Niue (past 3 years) and the Lead TB Doctor. He is currently undertaking Postgraduate Diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice (Otago University).

Dr Folototo Leavai

Dr Leavai is a Gold Medalist Masters of Medicine ( FNU), a School of Medicine part time lecturer, and the Head of Internal Medicine

Dr Bethel Muasau Howard

MBBS, Dip O&G, MMed O&G, Dr Muasau Howard is Chief of OBGYN department at the LBJ Tropical Medical Centre in American Samoa.

Dr Amanda Noovao Hill

Dr Amanda Noovao-Hill

MBBS, DipO&G, MMedO&G, GCMed Dr Noovao-Hill was until recently, a generalist and clinical academic living and working in Fiji. As she winds down her career with the FNU, she intends to continue contributing towards improving Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Pacific through her networks such as the PICCSI project and the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health. .