Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, like many developing nations, faces many challenges to increase the effectiveness of their health system and long term neglect means that staff morale is quite low. At village level people struggle to access quality health care while also facing issues accessing clean water. Thankfully some of these issues are being overcome by good management and support from various sources in East Sepik Province.

Sepik River, Angoram, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Community Health Worker Refresher Training Courses

With good input from our contacts in Papua New Guinea, Dr Darryn Rennie prepared an excellent curriculum for the primary health refresher course and this course was successfully delivered in July 2019. 24 Community Health Workers completed the training and there is scope for this training to be repeated once international travel becomes easier.

We were very pleased with the level of support we received from the local health authorities at both provincial and district levels and the feedback from the participants shows that this type of training is filling a void and helpful for a variety of community health workers. We have been asked to conduct more training in future.

Future Possibilities

We will be working in partnership with the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority to provide Cervical Cancer education and screening to women thoughout the East Sepik Province.