Essential Obstetric Care Training in Buka



Papua New Guinea the land of the unexpected”. Training organised, cheques raised for catering, training materials packed, airline tickets received electronically in advance, travelled 2 days in advance before and no one remembered to pick the cheque for the catering.

 On the first day of the training the trainers were picked up fifteen minutes late. Upon arrival at the conference centre the door was still locked as the key was taken home by the caretaker and it took an hour and half of waiting before the room was opened.

 There was no sign of the usual morning tea and passed the usual time. Negotiated for lunch and was told lunch wasn’t going to be prepared unless there was a proof of the deposited fund into the bank. Lunch was then quickly organised within the group by buying food and fruits from the local market. Passed the usual afternoon tea and continued the next day. Then on the third day the food prepared was enough to feed a multitude. Going without AM& PM tea and lunches didn’t stop the participants from working extra hard and didn’t hinder them from learning essential lifesaving skills.

 Despite all the minor hiccups it was a bright new morning for the 19 participants to attend the Essential Obstetric Care (EOC) and re-learn that delays in obstetrics can be very dangerous and may be even fatal from the 2nd – 6th June 2014.

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Athaliah is a Nurse and Midwife and has a Diploma in Health Teaching, Gender Issues & Bachelors in Nursing. She enjoys teaching in-service and facilitated most of the NDoH approved Reproductive Health, Gender Issues, Youth & Adolescent and HIV/AIDS curriculum. Apart from conducting inservice trainings she stills likes clinical work and wants to continue to maintain her clinical skills updated in that area. Athaliah is greatful in joining RHTU and will contribute meaningfully to promote and improve safe motherhood.

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