Health

Community Health Worker Scholarships

There is currently a large need for Community Health Workers for the Kokoda Track communities. CHWs are the cornerstone of the PNG health system and provide vital basic healthcare at the village level. We are currently supporting nine students from villages along the Kokoda Track to train as Community Health Workers at various schools of nursing throughout the country. Once qualified, these community members return to their home village and operate the local aid post. >> Read more about this initiative >>

 

Community Health Worker Salary Incentives

We also fund the salaries of Community Health Workers along the Track to ensure that aid posts and health centres remain open and health services are available to local villagers. We support graduates from our CHW training program (above) to work under supervision in the Kokoda Track aid posts. These CHWs rotate through Efogi, Naduri, Manari, Kagi, Naoro, Sogeri, Abuari, Alola, Kokoda and Buna aid posts. >> Click here to find out more >>

Medical Supplies and Hospital Bed Distribution

We fund and deliver vital drugs and medical resources to aid posts and health centres in the Kokoda Track catchment area including the Kokoda Memorial Hospital. All too often, Government supplies do not reach the remote communities along the Track and aid posts go without vital supplies. We deliver appropriate supply kits into posts that are staffed by qualified health workers who can administer them properly. We also in the past have delivered 100 urgently needed hospital beds, in partnership with Rotary Australia, to eight hospitals and health centres throughout the Kokoda region.  >> Find out more about these great projects here >>

Brighten A Smile

After sending a volunteer dental team into the region in 2012, we discovered that 95% of adults and 63% of children across the Track had decayed teeth. In response to these alarming statistics, we now partner with an Australian dentist, Dr Barry Reed, to run a toothbrushing awareness and education program in 35 elementary and primary schools. We develop education programs and train community health workers to administer this program. We also distribute toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to the children attending the schools across the region and the children now participate in daily toothbrushing classes. Even weekly toothbrushing has been shown to reduce caries by up to 70%. >> Read more about this project here >>

Health Volunteers

The foundation supports volunteers to undertake health volunteering placements in the Kokoda Track villages. These health volunteers do not undertake clinical work; instead they provide mentoring, professional development, training, and in-service for our community health workers. Over the past 12 months we have particularly focused on the following skills development: maternal health and midwifery, breastfeeding, upkeep of aid post facilities, malaria prevention, dental hygiene, eye care, awareness and encouraging villagers to seek treatment, health, hygiene, and cleanliness around village, and immunisations. >> Find out about how to volunteer here >>