TARI, HELA PROVINCE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The signing of a partnership agreement between the Koroba-Lake Kopiago District Development Authority (KDDA) and the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) has paved the way for rehabilitation work to be done on the Koroba District Hospital (KDH) over the next twelve months. The agreement is another step in the direction to improving health indicators in Hela Province through the new co-funded public private partnership launched recently between the Government of PNG, Australian Government and OSF called Wok Bung Wantaim.
KDDA made a commitment of K200,000 towards refurbishment, specifically to address earthquake related damage.
OSF will work closely with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) to manage the project on behalf of KDDA and in partnership with Australia and others.
KDDA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Johnston Haguai, emphasised that the Authority was pleased with the work it has seen OSF do in Hela and was confident that together they would improve the district health facility.
“Oil Search Foundation has grant management experience, strong governance mechanisms and an existing partnership with the HPHA, and the Australian Government which KDDA would like to leverage to improve facilities at our District Hospital”, said Mr Haguai.
Numerous challenges, including its isolation and remoteness, and the recent impacts of the earthquake has seen the health facility deteriorate to a level that services are not able to be fully provided.
The Australian High Commissioner, Mr Bruce Davis, said that Australia is pleased with the partnership that will deliver better health outcomes in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces.
“I am delighted that Australia, working with OSF, churches and NGOs, can support the HPHA, local Members of Parliament and their District Development Authorities. This partnership will improve health services for the people of Koroba-Lake Kopigao and beyond,” Mr Davis said.
Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Executive Director for OSF, emphasized that the partnership and rehabilitation work was a step toward improving health services to the people of the district.
“District Hospitals are an important part of the Government’s health service delivery framework. OSF looks forward to working with the HPHA, the Australian Government and KDDA to ensure the people of Koroba-Lake Kopiago access health care”, she said.
According to the National Health Service Standards, which is monitored by the National Department of Health, district hospitals operate more at the grassroots level compared with the larger and more complex provincial hospitals. A fully functional district hospital brings essential health care services closer to communities.
Photo: Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis with the Hon Petrus Thomas MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Security, during a recent visit to Koroba-Kopiago