ere's the opportunity to work with people who are very committed to helping people," Pollock maintained.
"We medical people enter healthcare because we care about other people - to join in an environment like this with people from other countries with the same values: we want to care for people, we want people to be well, we want people to get along. It's wonderful to be in this environment," she said.
It's this very philosophy that Pollock brought to the military medicine conference, which is held in a different Asia-Pacific country every year and co-hosted by the Honolulu-based US Pacific Command.
"It is very important for all the countries in the Asia-Pacific region to understand one and another better, to begin to work together better because it is such a large geographic region and it is home to the majority of natural disasters," she explained.
"It made sense that the US play the guiding hand, to lead people into working together better," Pollock said, adding: "So, over the years, we have looked at the medical issues that are important to those regions."
Much of the work has been on dengue fever, anti-malarial treatments, HIV/AIDS.
"As we learnt how to work better, the countries (of the region) felt they needed more support than they could provide, they would know where to look to."
This became apparent in the wake of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami that claimed nearly 230,000 lives.
"We certainly found that to be true after the tsunami when the entire region came together to try and support the different countries. Because of the relationships we had, governments were able to say what exactly they wanted," Pollock pointed out.
"Now, over time, some of the people have come multiple times to the conferences. So they know each other well. It is really renewing and strengthening friendships when we get together," she maintained.
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