Photo: Board members and CEO’s at the signing in PNG. Mr Peter Botten, CBE (OSF), Ms Alison Larsson (Burnet), Mr Gerea Aopi CBE (OSF), Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell (OSF), Prof Brendan Crabb AC, Mr Leigh Jasper (Burnet), Mr Michael Ziegelaar (Burnet).
Burnet Institute and the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) have entered into a partnership that recognises their shared long-term commitment to improve the health of Papua New Guineans.
Building on previous and existing collaborations, the two development partner organisations see this as a unique opportunity for both parties to bring their skills together to make a sustainable difference.
OSF will contribute its knowledge and expertise on health systems strengthening and service delivery, Provincial Health Authorities, health financing, large scale program implementation, grant management and monitoring and evaluation.
Burnet will complement these areas and contribute with technical expertise especially in the areas of addressing TB, HIV AIDS, maternal and child health and sexual health.
The first major commitment of the partnership will
be to identify significant donor funded health activities on which to jointly bid.
Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC said the Partnership would enhance both parties’ proud track record of delivering results.
“The most important issue here is that Burnet and OSF have shared values. We have similar missions and objectives in relation to Papua New Guinea, yet we bring different strengths and skill sets to the table. Together we can be much stronger than the sum of our parts, to the benefit of our PNG partners and the people they serve. This is not a partnership of convenience but a strong partnership of conviction and commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea. ” Professor Crabb said.
“We share a goal to improve the health and lives of Papua New Guineans and have the opportunity to deliver targeted activities where they’re most needed.”
Ms Copus-Campbell, Executive Director OSF, remarked that one key criterion for partnering with the Foundation was a determination to see positive outcomes for the people of PNG no matter what the challenges.
“We are excited about the opportunity to more formally partner with Burnett because like us, they have a long term commitment to PNG and are staffed with people who share our passion for making a difference.”
While the new arrangement will set the platform for working together it does not exclude other partnerships both together or separately with likeminded organisations. “Both Burnet and OSF remain committed to working with many different partners, which is the basis of effective international development,” Ms Copus-Campbell said.
The partnership agreement was signed in Port Moresby by the CEOs with Board members from both organisations in attendance.