Over 400 children across Gulf and the Southern Highlands provinces will have the opportunity to explore a whole new world of reading during this year’s National Book Week thanks to a book drive organised by employees of Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation in 2016.
Immunisation coverage for children in the Hela Province will be boosted with the distribution of vaccine fridges by Oil Search Foundation working in partnership with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA).
More children and adults in two provinces stand to benefit from a unique partnership that brings library books right down to the grassroots level to improve literacy in some of the most challenging areas in the country.
The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) in partnership with the National Department of Health, Provincial and District Health authorities, and faith based organisations are providing immunisations against life-threatening diseases to children in remote communities in Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf Provinces.
Following a Cold Chain Management Review of eight health facilities in the Tari-Pori district of Hela province, the Oil Search Foundation and Hela Provincial Health officers have successfully delivered additional vaccine storage capacity to improve immunisation rates.
The Oil Search Foundation has been proud to assist Papua New Guinea, including the National Department of Health and its key partners in the important fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2012 with funding from the Global Fund and Oil Search Limited, the Foundation supported the Hela Provincial Health team, under the leadership of Dr Hewali Hamiya, to improve HIV services in the remote Hela Province.
One of the great privileges of my job with the Oil Search Foundation is to visit remote parts of Papua New Guinea and meet the incredible people who live and work there. I recently had the opportunity to visit Hela province in the remote Highlands region where OSF is currently supporting the Province in its important work to prevent and treat HIV.