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Delegate Jason Chen, from the University of Queensland, meets a local village elder at sunrise on the first morning of the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Medical Camp

Delegate Jason Chen, from the University of Queensland, meets a local village elder at sunrise on the first morning of the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Medical Camp

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In December 2016 we provided $1000 of seed funding to the newly formed Pacific Medical Students' Association...

... and now, only one year later they have successfully began a number of development programs (the Tui Lawa Foundation, eTG access for all Pacific Island doctors and medical students), partnered with the Fiji College of General Practitioners, and pulled off the incredible inaugural Southern Hemisphere Medical Camp.

The photos from this event look incredible, and the delegates and speakers we have spoken to have lauded it as the best conference they have ever been to:

“an immersive, hands-on experience of life in the Pacific Islands that has given us the opportunity to begin building the networks and skills required to work or provide aid in this context throughout our careers”
“every speaker we heard from was different, from ocean scientists to plant toxicologists to global health advocates, but they all shared the same enthusiasm for their work and adventurous spirit”
“I’ve never been to a conference with so much interaction between the delegates – the setting and experience really brought us together as a group”
“this event was absolutely brilliant”

PMSA made every effort possible to make this event accessible to all medical students in the Pacific region, by providing a generous subsidy to all students from the Pacific Islands rather than aiming to make a profit from the event. Unfortunately, several unexpected events pushed their event well over budget. The tragic passing of the well-loved Tui Lawa, Chief of the Mamanuca island group, meant that last-minute replacements for equipment and services he was arranging out of goodwill had to be obtained a fortnight before the camp. While predictable in this region, particularly wild-weather during transfers to and from the island also led to additional costs.

To give PMSA the best chance of sustaining the success of this camp into the future, let’s come together and help them start planning 2018 from a debt-free position. With the proof of a successful camp and 130 happy delegates, speakers and volunteers eager to help them achieve their mission, we can’t wait to see what they achieve next year.

For every $5 donated through this page, Friends4Fiji will match an additional $1.

 

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