In 2017 our focus was leveraging for greater results. This recognises that together with our partners we can achieve change which would be impossible alone.



The theme of the 2017 Oil Search Foundation Annual Report reflects an important juncture in a journey that began in 2012 when Oil Search Health Foundation was established. 


In 2015 the Foundation’s mandate was extended to include leadership and education and women’s protection and empowerment. The 2017 Annual Report demonstrates achievements made in establishing these new focal areas as well as the continued emphasis on supporting the delivery of quality health programs.  

The theme of the 2016 Annual Report was Partnership in Action. This reflected our commitment to work through Papua New Guinea Government systems, understand and target the priorities and needs of our key stakeholders, and work together with communities, government and non-government organisations to deliver results against shared objectives.  These are fundamental principles of international aid effectiveness, on which the Board holds Oil Search Foundation to account.  

In 2017 our focus was leveraging for greater results. This recognises that together with our partners we can achieve change which would be impossible alone. For example, by leveraging funding from the Hela Provincial Government, Australian Government, Oil Search and Santos, the Foundation supported the Hela Provincial Health Authority to address the urgent need for essential health infrastructure. 

Similarly, the Foundation supported the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority to bring all partners together to commit funds to improve maternal health in the Province’s remote Pimaga District. Across our three supported provinces the Foundation helped to improve immunisation rates by facilitating the participation of key partners, such as the National Department of Health, UNICEF and the Australian aid program.

In 2016 the Foundation launched an innovative small grants scheme that leveraged expertise and participation from Oil Search staff, and PNG communities to change attitudes towards women’s protection and empowerment. We continued to support access to vital services in Hela Province for survivors of family and sexual violence.

As Chair I am particularly proud that we have facilitated Buk bilong Pikinini to roll out a new literacy model for remote parts of PNG.  We established the first literacy library in Tari and laid the ground work for our second literacy library in Kikori District. We will use this model to leverage support for more literacy programs in Gulf and Southern Highlands Provinces working with other private sector and government partners.

2017 was the final year of the Foundation’s formal six-year partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria and as such deserves special mention. Through our role as Principal Recipient for the USD 14.2 million HIV grant, we supported the National Department of Health and seven development partners to deliver HIV prevention, treatment and support across the country. The Foundation will remain committed to the Global Fund through our new role as the private sector representative on the PNG Country Coordination Mechanism.

On 26 February 2018 a magnitude 7.5 earthquake stuck the PNG Highlands destroying homes and infrastructure and leaving communities without basic necessities such as food, shelter and clean water. The Foundation supported Oil Search in undertaking damage assessment and in distributing relief supplies to over 200,000 people in Hela and Southern Highlands. The programs we delivered in 2017 provided a strong platform to assist with the response. For example the Hela Provincial Health Authority took a lead role in the Provincial Disaster Committee in Hela with strong capacity to treat earthquake victims including receiving medical evacuations. The Foundation staff assisted with emergency response and contributed skills in disaster assessment and response to determine the most urgent needs of communities to set up a relief distribution system and to help coordinate other donors and partners. Following the initial relief effort the Foundation has turned its attention to helping communities recover including by reopening health facilities, facilitating a
public health response, distributing recover supplies and working with local communities and women’s groups to address the protection issues which arise for women and children post disaster.

The many achievements outlined in this 2017 Annual Report are only possible because of the partners who work with us and importantly the highly committed staff that make up the Foundation team.  We have shown that together we are greater than our individual parts, with a partnership model that will continue to move from strength to strength. 





small grants


women Supported through ante natal care





people completed TB treatment in Hela and
Gulf Provinces 


Message from the Senior Leadership Team 

Over the past year the outcomes of our collective work on building partnerships has seen significant achievements.


In 2017, over 500,000 people had access to the Foundation’s programs. We leveraged around PGK 17 million from other partners in funding, supported the further strengthening of health systems in three provinces, and established new programs that are improving leadership and education and women’s protection and empowerment.

As a Senior Leadership Team reflecting the ethos of our organisation, we are committed to making a difference. This report highlights many facts and figures which provide evidence of the outcomes of our work. Behind these statistics are individuals, families and communities. 

The stories and impressions from those who directly benefit from our efforts are just as important to portray and understand. They are a motivating factor that drives our commitment to hard work and delivering results. 

We use these stories to inspire our staff, many of whom work in remote locations far from their homes for weeks at a time. We remind them that because of an outreach patrol visit a mother survived childbirth or that children will not die during a measles outbreak. We can share with our peers how good it feels to observe the proud face of families as they watch their children read for the first time. 

These stories are accessible to us because we have a direct and longstanding relationship with the people and communities we support. Over the past year we have significantly invested in ensuring our Senior Leadership Team comprises at least 50% PNG Nationals.

This enables a deeper connection with communities and an in-depth understanding of their priorities. It also means we possess knowledge and experience of how to get things done in a PNG context.  

Relationships and partnerships are part of PNG culture and are fundamental to our own organisational culture. Building and maintaining effective partnerships is integrated in all program design and implementation approaches and forms an important element of risk management and problem solving. It is a key performance indicator for both individuals and teams. We are committed to encouraging and facilitating our partners to leverage a wide range of funding, skills, and expertise to achieve improved development indicators. 

As senior leaders we are proud to lead a Papua New Guinean organisation that has one clear mandate – to deliver measureable results in the areas of health, leadership and education and women’s protection and empowerment. Both individually and collectively we feel privileged to work in PNG, a country we all love, and to be entrusted with donor funds that will help to make a sustainable difference at the national, provincial and community levels. We take our role as senior leaders seriously and strive to do our jobs with passion and excellence. Working with key partners and leveraging further opportunities will continue to guide us as a cornerstone of the way in which we work on behalf of our donors and the communities we support.