International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people internationally. The Oil Search Foundation celebrated IDAHOT by conducting a ‘lunch and learn’ presentation in the Oil Search office in Port Moresby.
Lady Winifred Kamit addressed employees at Oil Search’s Port Moresby office at a morning tea held to mark International Women’s Day this week. During her talk, Lady Winifred Kamit reflected on her journey as a Papua New Guinean woman and where she sees this path going.
The film Senisim Pasin is a powerful and urgent call to action that shines a light on family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea and explores solutions that each and every one of us can help drive. Oil Search will partner with the Tribal Foundation to screen their newly-produced film for Oil Search employees and the communities where they live and work.
On 25 November 2015, Oil Search staff at Moro and Fofari, sub-contractors, police officers, the CDI team and wider Kutubu community, commemorated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) with a walkathon from the Kaimari markets to Moro police station.
World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on 1 December. To commemorate this day, staff from the Oil Search Health Foundation participated in the Red Ribbon walk organised by the NCD Provincial AIDS Committee from the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) and supported by business houses, various partners, stakeholders and the National Department of Health (NDoH).
To commemorate World AIDS Day on 1 December 2014, Oil Search sponsored a parliamentary morning tea and panel discussion hosted by The Hon Julie Bishop MP and Professor Sharon Lewin, at Parliament House in Canberra.
On World Malaria Day 2014, the Oil Search Health Foundation’s Malaria team is encouraging people to seek parasitological testing and quality treatment to ensure the malaria parasite is killed off in the blood before it has a chance of being spread to other people by mosquitoes.
As part of the continuing effort to raise awareness about HIV among employees, contractors and communities within the Oil Search project areas, the Oil Search Health Foundation has erected new HIV signs at Hides, Moro, Ridge, Gobe and Kopi.
The Oil Search Health Foundation (OSHF) has been supporting Etep Rural Hospital in the Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe Province since March 2013 with providing HIV services to its community. On the night of 1 December 2013, Etep Rural Hospital held a candle light vigil for the very first time to commemorate World AIDS Day.
The HIV Program has initiated education sessions on HIV/STI for truckdrivers and initiated distribution of “Highway Safety Packs”. This small package (a resealable plastic sandwich bag) contains a pamphlet on HIV/AIDS, a pack of five condoms, a few panadol tablets, band aids and ear buds.
The Oil Search Health Foundation HIV Program has teams operating in several provinces and locations throughout Papua New Guinea. All teams were involved in organising awareness campaigns on 1 December 2013 for World AIDS Day. Below, a number of our HIV Program officers report on how they celebrated and commemorated World AIDS Day in PNG.