ALSO’s commitment to helping create better outcomes for mothers and babies is international. We in Australia have taken our course to some developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The instructors go as volunteers and a large part of it is funded by your course fees. The goal is to teach a course, identify and train new instructors and guide them on their way to autonomy in keeping ALSO in their region.
We started in 2009 teaching in the refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border. It was a truly humbling experience made even more profound by the numbers of instructors we trained from the camps. They are now independent and run their own courses with minimal guidance from the ALSO family back in Australia.
We then brought ALSO to Fiji and have trained 31 participants with 16 new instructors. We have also been guests of the Ministry of Health in Samoa and provided another course with some new instructors identified. The Ministry of Health in Samoa are setting up a simulation lab and we provided some advice about what should be in that lab and brought some equipment that will remain there.
As mentioned above, part of this is supported by your course fees. We also urge you to consider donating spare equipment from your hospital. These are developing nations, so what we throw away may be valuable to them. If you want to help with donations or have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9531 5655.