Miliama Simeona

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Miliama Simeona
🏳️ NationalityTuvaluan
🏫 EducationMBBS (Fiji School of Medicine) 1997
PGDip, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Fiji School of Medicine) 2002
💼 Occupation
Executive Director of the Tuvalu Family Health Association
Tuvaluan doctors (2008) Dr Nese Ituaso-Conway (left) and Dr Miliama Simeona (right)[1]

Miliama Simeona (MBBS (Fiji School of Medicine), PGDip, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Fiji School of Medicine). Dr Miliama Simeona and Dr Nese Ituaso-Conway were the first Tuvaluan female doctors.[1]

She is the Executive Director of the Tuvalu Family Health Association, which is a non-government organization that operates on a not for profit basis. The Tuvalu Family Health Association works with the Tuvaluan Ministry of Health to improve family health in Tuvalu through the provision of information and services. It provides advocacy for improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health services, including the reduction in HIV/AIDS incidence in Tuvalu. It advocates for the recognition of sexual and reproductive health rights.[2] It is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).[2]


She was born on Nanumaga island.[1] She attended Motufoua Secondary School, then complete her secondary education at Cathedral School, Townsville, Australia.[1]

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) degree in Diploma Primary Health Care and Preventive Medicine,[citation needed] she spent 12 months as an intern at the main hospital in Suva before returning to Tuvalu in 1999.[1] In 2001 and 2002 she attended the Fiji School Medicine and graduated with a postgraduate diploma in [[Obstetrics and gynaecology|Obstetrics and Gynecology.[citation needed]]]


From April 1999 to March 2001, Dr Miliama Simeona was a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health Tuvalu.[citation needed] She was employed as the Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Princess Margaret Hospital (Funafuti), from January 2002 to April 2011.[citation needed] She contributed to the development of the Tuvalu Standard Treatment Guidelines 2010.[3]

She was appointed the Executive Director of the Tuvalu Family Health Association in April 2011.[citation needed]

Appointments and Committees[edit]

Dr Miliama Simeona is the Tuvaluan representative to the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Trust[4] and the Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHHM).[citation needed] On 1 March 2014 she was appointed to the board of the Tuvalu National Provident Fund, a superannuation fund for government employees.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Tuvalu's first female doctors return home" (PDF). DFAT. 2001. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "MCT/W/T-A17.1: Funafuti International Airport Terminal" (PDF). Reeves / CCB Envico. 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. "Tuvalu Standard Treatment Guidelines 2010" (PDF). Ministry of Health, Tuvalu. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. "CONTACT US | PSRH". Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  5. "Annual report 2014" (PDF). Tuvalu National Provident Fund. 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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