Stories from Papua New Guinea

Children admitted to Hela Provincial Hospital had a pleasant distraction following a recent donation of books by Buk bilong Pikinini in partnership with the Oil Search Foundation. The hospital’s Director of Nursing Services, Freda Makanda, and the Oil Search Foundation’s Provincial Development Manager, Michael Conlon, visited the ward and distributed books to children and their parents.

The Oil Search staff-led tuberculosis (TB) food drive for the Kikori Hospital in the Gulf Province has received overwhelming support. The donations included 190 kilograms of rice, 7 cartons of noodles, 6 boxes of biscuits, 7 cartons of tinned food, 5 litres of cooking oil, and 70 packs of laundry detergent. Program Supervisor for the Oil Search Foundation, Chris’bourne Taput, officially handed over the food donations to Hospital Administrator, Mr. Larry Kaipu. The donations highlighted the importance of building on the existing partnerships to continuously strengthen support and deliver patients with the care and management they need.

Steve Groves has provided many Papua New Guineans a second chance through his work in rural and urban PNG – and Oil Search is ensuring continued support for his efforts. In 2001, Steve commenced installing the National Health Radio System (NHRS) throughout health facilities in rural and urban PNG. The system has helped Health Facility Officers, particularly in the remotest parts of PNG, to manage critical medical cases.