Student raises money for midwifery workshop

International Secondary School Suva student Joy Clark speaking at the British High Commissioner's residence in Suva. Picture: Supplied

A 16-year-old International School Suva student raised money to bring two midwives from the US to conduct a conference for 50 local midwives this week.

Joy Clark said she wanted to make a difference in Fiji and raised money through a GoFundMe page to bring the seasoned American midwives in.

“I wanted my school project to be something that would benefit Fiji and connect to the job that I wanted to do — which is to become a midwife — so that’s how I came up with the idea for the conference,” Joy said.

She said the money raised through the GoFundMe account helped purchase airline tickets for the two American midwives to speak at the workshop, which was expected to draw more than 50 locals engaged in the birthing sector.

“I also spoke at an event at the British High Commission and one of the ladies there offered me the Royal British Legion Community Welfare Center free of charge for the conference.”

She said Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong wished her well in her preparations for the workshop.

The two-day training workshop will begin today and includes lessons on physiologic birth, spinning babies, placental abruption and postpartum haemorrhage.

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