|| Providing eye testing, fitting of spectacles and
referring to hospital
||Buying, distributing and servicing essential
equipment for health workers
|Health Worker Upskilling
|| Updating the knowledge, skills and attitudes of our health workers
|Mosquito Net Provision
||Treating and providing mosquito nets for people to sleep under to reduce the
spread of Malaria
|Village Birth Attendants
||Training VBAs to give antenatal care and
deliver babies to mothers in remote villages
|Village Health Aides
||Training VHAs to carry out basic treatments in remote villages
|Village Health Promoters
||Training VHPs to help communities improve their own health
||Assisting remote communities to provide their own clean and safe water systems
|Post Basic Education
||Annually sponsoring health workers for
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Paediatrics
- Diploma in Health Education
- Diploma in Health Teaching
- Diploma in Management
|St Margaret's Community Health Worker School
||We are preparing a submission to AusAID PNG INcentive Fund to build a
new school. The school is also implementing a new modular training.
There is a continued need for more books and training materials.
|St Barnabas School of Nursing
||The school will commence the new Diploma level course in 2005. There
is a continued need for more books and training materials.
|Improving Transport and Communications
||All of our health facilities now have radio communication. There is a
continuing need to improve on vehicle and dinghy transport.
||Kerosene lamps were the sole source of lighting for most of our health
facilities at night time. All of our health centres now have electric
light from a generator, hydro or solar panels. There is a need now to
improve the lighting for our Aid Posts.
||Most of our health workers make their diagnosis by observing the sick
patients symptoms, without being able to confirm their diagnosis. Some
of our health facilities have now been provided with microscopes and
other laboratory equipment, and health workers have been trained in lab
techniques. We need to continue this process.
||Dr John Phillips from Australia, now visits us annually to provide
dental examinations, treatment and training for our health facilities
in Popondota Diocese. This work needs to be extended.
|Refurbishing and Constructing New Buildings
||Many of our buildings were in a poor state of repair. Emphasis is
given to improving maternity wards,
inpatient facilities and outpatient departments to increase privacy and