The Oil Search Foundation delivers Signature Programs in the areas around Oil Search’s operations in Nipa-Kutubu in Southern Highlands Province, Hela Province, and Kikori in Gulf Province.
We deliver development initiatives in the areas of Health, Leadership and Education, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment in these areas surrounding Oil Search’s operational footprint which are some of the most remote areas in PNG and experience significant development challenges.
We strategically contribute to the sustainable development of communities most impacted by Oil Search’s operations.
From its initial focus on malaria, HIV, and maternal and child health, the Foundation now delivers a comprehensive health strategy which aligns with PNG’s development priorities. Together with provincial and district health management teams, the Foundation is improving service delivery and strengthening health systems, to ensure better health outcomes for the 85% of PNG’s population that live in rural areas.
The Foundation works with partners to improve hospital services and ensures outreach patrols reach remote communities. It provides health facilities with access to water, electricity, essential equipment, trains health workers, and provides the means to tackle the highest priority health challenges, such as the growing threat of tuberculosis (TB).
For example, in 2016, the Foundation supported visits by Kikori District Health Management to remote communities which had been without health services for many years. Through this outreach, 100% of children in communities visited were immunised and screened for health problems, and women were able to access antenatal and family planning support. The Foundation will monitor child and maternal mortality in the assisted communities.
Oil Search and the Foundation’s efforts with Hela Provincial Hospital provide another example of working through partnerships to improve health services. Prior to 2016, the Hospital was struggling to deliver even basic services to the more than 300,000 people who rely on it. Very quickly, the Foundation helped to identify a team of experts to support hospital management, clinical service delivery, human resources and financial management and essential capital works. Within 12 months, the Hospital had in place a new Board, a functioning executive team, 190 newly recruited staff including doctors and nurses, refurbished medical and TB wards, and a permanent water supply and sanitation system. In this period, it delivered services to 30,000 patients, performed 700 surgeries and delivered 1,000 babies. The lives of 50 mothers were saved through emergency caesarean sections.