The Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS) was established in 1980 following the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, and the first congress held in 1979 in Singapore.
- To promote the science and art of perinatology
- To promote maternal, fetal and neonatal welfare
- To maintain liaison and promote co-operation and goodwill with other perinatal organizations and professions involved in the field
- To provide expert advice to governmental and other bodies pertaining to perinatology
- To promote research and training in perinatology
The FAOPS is composed of representative perinatal societies of countries belonging to the Asia and Oceania regions. It is currently composed of twenty (20) member-countries, namely
- Sri Lanka
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
In its thirty-eight (38) years of existence, the FAOPS has evolved into a vibrant community of leaders, researchers and experts in the field of Perinatology. It is governed by the FAOPS Constitution and By-Laws and has upheld the tenets of professionalism and cooperation among member countries. Its operation as an organization is maintained by a Council of executive officers composed of the Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary General and three (3) Deputy Secretary Generals, each representing the Eastern, Western and Central regions of Asia and Oceania. It has also recently, involved its former presidents through the creation of a Council of Advisers.
The FAOPS objectives are achieved through various activities that include: 1) A biennial congress that is held among its member countries 2) FAOPS-supported perinatal workshops among its sub-regions 3) Young investigator award 4) FAOPS participation and representation in country perinatal meetings, conferences and workshops. In the spirit of collaboration and sharing of expertise, FAOPS member countries have kept pace with the various developments in the field, regionally as well as globally.
MEET YOUR HOST: THE PERINATAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES
Founded in 1989, the Perinatal Association of the Philippines (PAP) has been instrumental in supporting the development of perinatal healthcare in the country. The organization was founded by a group of professionals coming from multiple disciplines representing its respective societies. This included the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), Philippine Pediatrics Society (PPS), Maternal and Child Health Association of the Philippines (MCHAP), and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP). All have the common desire and goal to provide quality healthcare to the pregnant woman and her unborn child, a safe delivery with excellent postpartum maternal and neonatal care. Broadening its reach to other related organizations, the Association in recent years, has involved and espoused affiliate societies in its organization. This currently includes the Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine (PSNbM), and the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines (MCNAP).
Through the years, PAP has been at the forefront of workshops and seminars on Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health through its different modules on Perinatal Education and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Officers and members of the association have dedicated their invaluable time and effort to ensure that the programs are shared with all the different perinatal healthcare providers throughout the country. In order to facilitate its nationwide activities, the Association has eight (8) chapter societies nationwide. These are PAP chapters of: Ilocos, Pangasinan, Central Luzon, Quezon, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, and Cagayan De Oro.
Internationally, the PAP has maintained an active role in the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS) since 1990 and has held the FAOPS congress in the year 2000. Once more, it is taking its second opportunity to host the FAOPS congress this September 23-26, 2018.
More details regarding the Association can be found at www.perinatphil.org.ph.