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Dear Friends,

Photo: premature twins check up.

In September ADI’s Dr Matt Kelly undertook a pilot patrol to a new area for our patrols – into the northern part of Western Province called Mougulu. Dr Matt Kelly, along with partners from Callan Health Services and Griffith University saw over 300 patients finding health concerns in the community of malnutrition, respiratory disease, including tuberculosis and gaps in immunisation coverage. Since then we’ve also been working with our partners on the ground to respond the immunisation needs in relation to the polio outbreak. 

 

 


In Other News…

  • Over in New Ireland we currently have 48 participants undergoing a two-week emergency obstetrics training course with partners Heart to Heart International, covering topics ranging from antenatal care through to how to manage complications in labour such as shoulder dystocia. Training healthcare workers in these skills contributes to addressing PNG’s maternal mortality rate.
  • If you’d like to learn a little bit more about living in PNG and meet the people ADI and our partners provide healthcare services to, take a look at Gapfinders dollarstreet for PNG. This tool allows you to visualise and learn about life in PNG – life is very simple, living on $45 a month with no savings, collecting wood for cooking and water for drinking with no electricity. These are the people we reach in remote communities to provide much needed health services.
  • Some recent data out from PNGIMR is showing a rise in malaria prevalence, something ADI is seeing more of in our patrols, particularly New Ireland (prevalence 8.7%).

 


ADI with ACFID for the SpotLight on the Code:

Last month ACFID invited us to participate in the Spotlight on the Code series focusing on Quality Principle: Resource Management. The video is here if you’re interested. At the end of this month ADI is also hosting a panel discussion – Women’s Rights to Health Care Access in PNG: Tackling the Worst Maternal Mortality Rate in the Region – at the ACFID 2018 conference. On the panel there is a stellar line-up of speakers ranging from those on the front line of health to academia. Please join us if you can.

Along with our newsletter, you can keep up to date with the work we are doing in PNG via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in. Just click on the icons below to see our pages. We would love for you to follow, like and comment on our posts as we share the work we do and build our network.

Klara Henderson, Australian Doctors International CEO
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Social Events

Many thanks to the wonderful supporters who attended the Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner held this month. The event was attended by friends, donors and previous ADI volunteers – it was a chance to hear about the work ADI does on the ground as well as raise funds to allow us to continue our work in PNG. If you weren’t able to attend but would still like to donate, please click here.

 

ADI 2018 Gala Dinner

ADI Upcoming Events

  • ADI’s annual general meeting is coming up – 15 November, please see details here. Our annual report for 2017/18 will be released at this meeting.
  • ACFID Conference – ADI will be joining colleagues at the upcoming ACFID conference 30-31 October at UNSW. We are hosting a session on Women’s rights to health care access in PNG. Looking forward to seeing ACFID and NGO colleagues there

Australian Doctors International (ADI) receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

 

 


 

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