Stories from Papua New Guinea

The Oil Search Health Foundation conducted a five day training session for Personal Development teachers on Sexual & Reproductive Health at the end of February 2014. The training was conducted at the Salvation Army in Lae, Morobe Province. A total of eight Personal Development Teachers from Gabmazung, St Paul’s, Markham Road and St Mary’s Primary Schools attended the training.

As Milne Bay is a maritime province, students often have to travel for hours at sea to reach the health facilities where they are based between 1-14 weeks at a time. The OSHF promotes occupational health and safety and has donated life jackets for the students to use when travelling at sea. A key operational focus area of the OSHF is to always ensure that the people are properly trained in using safety equipment as well as making sure they use it.

In early February 2014 the HIV Program team in Lae commenced a series of Tokaut na Tokstret (TnT) marital relationship trainings in Zifasing, Morobe Province. Zifasing is located 2 hours’ drive out of Lae city along the Highlands highway. The Zifasing community has hamlets scattered along the Markham valley with more than 2,000 people.

The Oil Search Health Foundation continues to support community work in Morobe Province by conducting Marital Relationship Trainings known as “Tokaut na Tokstret!” (Talk Out and Talk Straight). These training sessions, also known as TnT, have been developed by Populations Services International (PSI) and cover topics that are considered taboo in most PNG cultures, such as sex and sexuality.

The long awaited third Provider Initiated HIV Counselling & Testing (PICT) training for the Evangelical Church of PNG health facilities was conducted at Hiwanda village from 7 – 13 September for 16 health care workers. They underwent 8 days of training, which covered two important components of HIV testing: 5 days training on counselling techniques and 3 days of technical testing techniques.

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