Does anyone read GatesNotes – the blog from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates? I can highly recommend them to you. Gates, always the innovator, continues to push the limits of what we – the global health community – can achieve in terms of universal access to health and balancing out health inequalities. Recently he posted two great pieces that directly link to the work ADI is doing in Papua New Guinea.
The first was an article on the MetaFridge and the Indigo Cooler – both of which keep vaccines cold for up to 5 days with no ice or batteries. In PNG vaccination is hot topic as – frighteningly – we are beginning to see the re-emergence of Polio cases! Far from the target for DTP3 coverage of 80%, PNG is sitting on 62% – and we know the measles vaccine coverage in Namatanai is as low as 35%. Both polio and DTP vaccines need refrigeration. ADI does immunisations on patrols when we can – in Western Province alone we immunised 700 children (over half of them girls) in the last year. ADI continues to seek to improve our methods of reaching those almost out of reach. We watch with interest the development and implementation of ground breaking innovations such as the Metafridge and the Indigo Cooler to see how they might help ADI to improve our immunisation coverage during remote area patrols in the future.
Another project of note in Gates’ blog is a community healthcare worker training program in Liberia. The Last Mile program, funded by the Gates Foundation, offers training and equips workers with the tools they need to deliver basic health care in remote areas of war-torn Liberia. This best practise model is very similar to the work ADI has been doing successfully for some time now in PNG. As a result of investing in training for local rural health care workers, ADI have seen real and measurable improvements in health outcomes for Papua New Guineans living in very remote regions.
The work we do in PNG is only possible thanks to your ongoing financial support. On behalf of all those families and communities whose lives are changed as a result of your generosity – we thank you!
Klara Henderson, Australian Doctors International CEO
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Thanks to those of who joined the Cabaret evening – 140 guests in total! It was an example of extraordinary cooperation of well-meaning people to put the event together for the benefit of ADI and the people ADI works with in PNG. The generosity of the Seaforth Bowling Club, the musicians and singers was much appreciated, as was the support from sponsors (Goldbergs Lawyers, LJ Hooker Seaforth, Harbourside Massage). Such cooperation meant funds raised could be directed wholly towards the work of ADI. James Griffin MP Member for Manly, was the guest speaker – many thanks to him.
We are currently recruiting for doctors – and now nurses too – to work with us in PNG. Please see details here. One of our previous doctors, Dr Ian Hunter, shared his experience with ADI post his studies at LSHTM on their blog.
With your help we can achieve great outcomes in rural and remote parts of PNG. Take the step to see where this adventure can take you or let your network know if they’re interested. Visit our website http://www.adi.org.au/volunteering-in-png/ to find out more
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