To Bali and Back: Photo Blogging from the AAAH Conference

1. Dancers at opening ceremony

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Bali for CapacityPlus associate partner Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health’s (AAAH) fifth annual conference, “HRH Challenges for Achieving Millennium Development Goals.” Scroll through the photos and check out the descriptions below.

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Traditional dancers at the opening ceremony.

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The conference kicked off with side meetings on October 3rd—CapacityPlus coorganized both “Taking action on the WHO’s recommendations for rural retention” and “Implementing the HRH Action Framework (HAF) within the Country Coordination and Facilitation (CCF) process.”

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In the side session “Taking action on the WHO’s recommendations for rural retention”, CapacityPlus's Wanda Jaskiewicz showcased the project’s cutting-edge work in developing a discrete choice experiment-based toolkit for rapid retention assessments.

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Participants were offered three site visit options: HRH educational institutes, health service delivery, or universal health care coverage. Participants on the health service delivery field trip visited three facilities, including the traditional medical clinic pictured here.

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Pelayanan Kesehatan Tradisional, the traditional clinic, is funded by the Indonesian Ministry of Health and offers a range of services including massage, acupuncture, reflexology, and spiritual healing. I happily sampled the services.

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On the third and final day, AAAH presented awards for best case studies and outstanding HRH.

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Dr. Pakdee Suebnukarn won the award for most committed doctor. Dr. Suebnukarn has dedicated his life to rural service, working in an isolated, remote village for over 23 years.

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The conclusion of the conference marked the end of Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert’s term as chair of the AAAH steering committee. Here, Dr. Suwit passes his title to new chair Dr. Junhua Zhang from China. CapacityPlus staff had great discussions with both Dr. Suwit and Dr. Junhua, and the project is engaging with Dr. Junhua for increased collaboration with AAAH. 

Photos by Laura Wurts