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New appointment for Dr Alec Ekeroma

February 2018

Dr Ekeroma was appointed by the University of Auckland - Associate Professor in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Read more.

Dr Ekeroma announced as new Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog

20 August 2017

Dr Ekeroma will take on the new role as Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog. This is a medical and public health journal published specifically for Pacific Island countries. Read more about his new role on the Pasifika Medical Association website.

Samoa Medical Association celebrates

11 June 2017

Dr Ekeroma was invited to speak at the Samoa Medical Association 70th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Meeting. Read more about the celebrated 70 year milestone anniversary in the Samoa Observer.

'If it works it will be massive' - drones to carry vital vaccines in Pacific in ground-breaking trial

17 March 2017

In what's believed to be a world-first, drones are to be trialled to carry vaccines to remote communities in the Pacific. Unicef is working with the Vanuatu Government on the ground-breaking project in the hope it will save lives. Dr Ekeroma was interviewed about the ground-breaking trial that could also work in other Pacific countries. View TVNZ 1NEWS interview.

Dr Ekeroma graduates with PhD

December 2016

Congratulations to Dr Ekeroma who was awarded his PhD. His research was on the impact of a health research workshop and other interventions on Pacific Island clinicians’ research productivity. Read his PhD thesis.

Pacific emergency maternal and neonatal programme

July/August 2016

Dr Alec Ekeroma has been leading the development of the Pacific Emergency Maternal and Neonatal Training (PEMNeT) Programme since 2014. The programme is the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Charitable Trust’s response to preventing maternal and neonatal morbidity in the Pacific Islands by empowering Pacific maternity workers with a contextualised sustainable emergency skills programme. Doctors and nurses from Pacific Island countries were in Auckland for the five day train-the-trainers workshop.

Read more at Newshub - Pacific midwives train for childbirth emergencies.

View TVNZ 1NEWS for interview on how soaring Pacific maternal deaths have prompted the New Zealand-led emergency training programme.

Conference addresses health challenge in Samoa

3 July 2016

At the end of May 2016, Dr Ekeroma was invited to speak at the Samoa Medical Association 69th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Meeting. The conference theme was “maternal, child health and family planning, and sustaining Samoa’s millenium development goals within the context of sustainable development goals”.  Read more about the conference in the Samoa Observer.

A new journal is born – Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health

June 2015

The Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health aims to create a forum for discussion amongst health carers in the Pacific and also to provide a quality but accessible vehicle for local research to be disseminated. Read more about the journal in the opening editorials – The “Ocean-Blue Journal” is born and The Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health.



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