In December 2019, a training workshop on the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) was held in Suva, Fiji.

The workshop was hosted by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University on the Pasifika Campus. The workshop was delivered and sponsored by the ADDRI’s Regional Collaboration Programme grant in association with the WHO Country Office of Fiji.

The workshop provided the unique opportunity for members of the ADDRI team to convene with representatives from varying backgrounds and disciplines including pathology, radiology, medicine, public health, nursing and the Ministry of Health to share expertise aimed to advance the Fijian capacity to detect, diagnose and treat cases of asbestos-related disease, with particular emphasis on mesothelioma.

Eight ADDRI team representatives; Prof Ken Takahashi, Dr Kenneth Lee, Dr Steven Kao, Dr Yuen Yee Cheng, Dr Ben Johnson, Ms Jocelyn McLean, Ms Diana Arachi and Ms Victoria Keena presented a series of sessions relating to the epidemiology, molecular biology, research practice, biobanking, pathological diagnosis, clinical treatment, patient care and victim support.
The purpose of these presentations was to improve the diagnosis and management of ARDs and to promote the implementation of the roadmap for Fiji on the elimination of asbestos and ARDs.

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