The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) is a network of Pacific health professionals working collaboratively to strengthen Pacific health workforce capacity and meet the health needs of Pacific people across the region.
Seventy-eight leaders in the business, government and health sectors, tuned into an online seminar to hear the Pasifika Medical Association CEO, Debbie Sorensen, share about the organisation’s experience during crisis and their priorities in a post-COVID 19 world.
The Council for International Development hosted the web event as part of a series of weekly Zoom seminars. CID invited Debbie to talk about priorities are for health organisations and what the new normal would look like in aid and development in the Pacific.
Josie says Debbie’s 60-minute presentation has been one of their most popular seminars. “It shows there is a real interest in listening to Pacific voices and what the priorities are in terms of health.”
One of the highlights of Debbie’s presentation was showing the consistency of aid support the PMA has provided the Pacific community during times of need - from the 2009 Samoan tsunami to the current Covid 19 crisis. During the lockdown period, Debbie explained how her organization acted quickly and provided nearly 14,000 packages of support and helping more than 61,000 Pacific individuals.
“The needs were quite extreme and sudden,” she told the attendees. “What had previously been assumed as a level of need or poverty has now become a stark reality and is no longer hidden either from the government or anyone else.”
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