People living with HIV in the rural communities of Nipa-Kutubu in Southern Highlands, Hela, and Kikori District in Gulf, will now have better access to the lifesaving Anti-Retroviral (ARV) drugs. The Oil Search Foundation recently funded the Integrated Management of Adult Illnesses (IMAI) training course for 25 local community health workers.
The Oil Search Foundation recently funded the participation and training of fifteen health workers from Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela provinces at an Essential Obstetric Care training (EOC) training in Moro facilitated by the PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit (RHTU).
The 2016 National Health Services Standards (NHSS) exercise for the Gulf Provincial health system was funded by the Oil Search Foundation in partnership with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and Gulf Provincial Health services. The NHSS included a review of 67 existing rural health facilities facilitated by chief clinicians and national health support services experts.
“Being a doctor is something I had always wanted to do,” says Dr Miriam Boga who worked in provincial hospitals in PNG for 10 years and now works with the Oil Search Health Foundation as the HIV Medical Officer.
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program recently released their 2014-2017 strategy based around the principal objectives of improving maternal and child survival in Papua New Guinea. The MCH Strategy is built to ensure access to a strong and robust health system with an emphasis on prevention. Recognising that especially family planning will have a direct impact on reducing maternal mortality.
In 2013, four oxygen concentrators were donated to the Hides area in Hela through the Asian Development Bank project Rural Enclaves Project. Oxygen concentrators, as the name suggests, intake normal air and then concentrates the oxygen level. This oxygen-concentrated air can then be used to treat many respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and for premature babies.