Stories from Papua New Guinea

Tari Hospital and nine other health centres in the Hela province can now dispose their clinical waste in a safe manner. The Oil Search Health Foundation, through a Global Fund grant, has purchased and installed ten incinerators at Tari hospital and Koroba, Magarima, Wabia, Fugwa, Dauli, Para, Hiwanda, Idawi and Juni health centres to assist them dispose clinical waste in a safe manner.

Supporting and strengthening the quality of National Health Information System (NHIS) — the major health data collection mechanism in Papua New Guinea (PNG) — is paramount to enhance informed decision making. It is a national requirement that monthly NHIS forms are completed by health facilities across the country and forwarded to the Provincial Health Information Office.

At the end of May the Oil Search Health Foundation Malaria team welcomed an international delegation from Roll Back Malaria and Asia Pacific Leaders for Malaria Alliances (APLMA) to Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province, #PNG to view the Oil Search Public Health operations, government and church managed health facilities and the Marasin Stoa Kipa (MSK) project.

The Oil Search Malaria team has been protecting Oil Search employees and contractors in and around its Hides Camp in Hela Province since 1996. Due to the close proximity of the workforce to the local villages, where gardens and pig-ruts make perfect breeding sites for mosquitoes, the Malaria team delivers twice yearly Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in the village houses to reduce the risk of locally acquired malaria transmission for community members and camp residents.

The health centre in Panduaka is one of the rural health facilities run by United Church, and their staff has been trained in Provider Initiated Counselling & Testing (PICT) by the Oil Search Health Foundation. Our visit was to set up HIV Counselling & Testing (HCT) at the health centre as most people from Upper Warke LLG had not had access to HIV services for the last couple of years.

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