OSF Supports Public Health Association


Photo:Dr Mapira (left) receiving a dummy of the K10,000 cheque donation from OSF Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell

The Oil Search Foundation has thrown its support behind the hosting of a public health meeting that will take place in Port Moresby starting tomorrow with a K10,000 donation.

The Public Health Association of Papua New Guinea will host the two day speciality meeting on September 7-8 at the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby following the annual Medical Symposium.

OSF Head of Grants Dr Kevin Miles, who will speak at the meeting on public health practices in the oil and gas sector, said the Foundation was pleased to help specialist groups that could advance ideas and the conversation on health services delivery in the country.

“Partnerships are a core part of all our work at the Foundation,” said Dr Miles, “and we are glad to continue building relationships

with the Public Health Association and others through this support. Hopefully the contribution towards this forum will also help in the design of more effective and innovative ways of delivering solutions to our health challenges.”

The theme for the speciality meeting is “Role of Surgery in Primary Health Care”, and is in line with the annual medical symposium’s theme on “Access to Safe Surgery and Safe Anaesthesia.”

The Association’s President, Dr Pilly Mapira said topics related to the theme and others on HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health researches will also be presented and discussed.

“We are thankful to Oil Search Foundation. Your assistance is proof of how passionate the Foundation is about delivering

public health care in the country, and we will be glad to work with you to find solutions for challenges facing us in the health sector,” Dr Mapira said.

“It is our hope that at the end of the conference, evidence-based approaches to strengthening public health care, including surgery, will have been identified and partnerships across all sectors can be strengthened.”

She said guest speakers will come from the Oil Search Foundation, World Health Organization, National Department of Health, PNG Research, Science and Technology Council, Burnett Institute, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Youth With A Mission, Church Health Services and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of UPNG and Samaritan Aviation.



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