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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As we draw to the end of the financial year you may have seen our call for your assistance to our work through financial contributions. We make every effort to perform our work efficiently and effectively, to really maximise the financial contributions we receive – we use volunteers, we partner with local NGOs and health service providers to leverage their skills and focus on contributing only where we see a genuine gap – to make our impact stretch further. We are not a big world-renown NGO, rather we are uniquely Australian focusing on caring for our nearest neighbour.
All gifts of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please make sure we receive your donation by 30th June 2018 so you can claim it as a tax deduction for this year. You’ll receive a receipt in mid July to help you with your tax return. Simply donate online at www.adi.org.au/donate or call (02) 9907 8988.
On behalf of all those we support in Papua New Guinea, thank you for your support.
Since we were last in touch Dr Roeland Kraan in Western Province has been out on four Horizon Oil boat patrols with Catholic Health staff along the Fly River while fellow ADI doctors and our partners from the Provincial Health Authority in New Ireland have also been using boats for their most recent patrols to the small islands off Tikana and Konagali West.
We have also taken 8 bike riders down the coastal road of New Ireland on our inaugural fundraising trip. Riders included staff from BD, DFAT Port Moresby and others interested to see first-hand the health system and ADI’s contribution to it as well as all being up for a physical challenge!
Their muscle power got them through the 260 kilometres, heat and hills, and their fund raising support brought vital funds to ADI’s frontline health programs.
This week ADI and Dr Yen Lim have been working together preparing for her upcoming posting to New Ireland, she’ll be departing in a few short weeks. Fortunately she was able to join ADI’s Sydney office – giving thanks to our team of volunteers as we acknowledged all volunteer contributions to ADI during National Volunteer Week.
Dr Yen Lim’s mother – a single-handed GP – inspired Yen to pursue a medical career. Yen trained in Scotland and has been working in Australia as a GP since 2013. She gets great satisfaction from dealing with patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities working in Sydney’s western suburbs. She has a clinical focus on women’s health, family planning, antenatal care and paediatrics. She is not a stranger to PNG having made numerous trips there over the last few years for both pleasure and medical volunteering. We welcome Yen to our team.
In both Western Province and New Ireland our doctors and patrol teams are alert to identifying new cases of TB. We can see up to 20 suspected cases of TB on any patrol. TB doesn’t discriminate between adults and children, and an excellent paper by Dr Watch et al (2017) found a substantial burden of TB in hospitalised children in PNG with high case fatality rates. The paper highlights the problems in the health care system for systematically tackling TB:
Amongst this gloomy news is a recent positive message of diagnosis, treatment and recovery of a young boy with TB from ADI’s Dr Roeland. Dr Roeland found and diagnosed a young boy from Guisuke (with an unusual presentation of extrapulmonary TB). Dr Roeland arranged for treatment and after four months we now know the young boy from Guisuke is making an excellent recovery. ADI patrol teams put themselves on the frontline to find those cases and close the gaps in the health system where we can.
Earlier this month ADI and friends reflected on our time in Western Province, with Brent Emmett, Anne Lanham and Dr Roeland Kraan sharing their insights during an evening presentation on: From 2001 to today | From bednets to births | ADI in Western Province. Thank you to those that joined us, it was a great learning opportunity.
Pictured here – ‘Bulimbbaby’
(Photo from our archives:
2007 in Western Province
Dr Penny Uther will return from PNG at the end of July. If you’d like to hear her talk about her time there, please see the event Women’s Plans Foundation is hosting – 2 August, State Library of NSW. Get tickets here.
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Thank you again for your support of the work we are doing in PNG,
CEO, Australian Doctors International
Raising Funds for ADI
Saturday Night 14th July.
Dinner from 6pm, show from 7pm.
ADI’s returning doctor from New Ireland speak at the Women’s Plans Foundation Symposium | Changing the Climate.
Thursday 2nd August – 12 noon to 2.30pm,
State Library of NSW, Macquarie Room.
Details and bookings here.
Friday 19th October 2018 from 6.30pm,
Manly Golf Club.
The last few months have seen much activity in PNG for our team of volunteers. We’ve been keeping abreast of the earthquake response requirements and have our Western Province doctor on stand-by should he be needed – health facilities have been hit hard. While all our staff are safe, our thoughts go to friends, colleagues and neighbours who are dealing with recovery and the hundreds of aftershocks felt in Western Province.
Our team in New Ireland – Dr Penny Uther and Dr Mark Newcombe – were thrilled to be able to meet with Minister Bishop during her March visit.
ADI receives support from DFAT through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program for our patrol work in New Ireland – so it was great to be able to show Minister Bishop first-hand how that funding is being used to create a positive health impact in remote health areas in PNG through Australian partnerships.
Back in Sydney, ADI’s Board and I met in late in March for the annual planning and strategy day, facilitated through the support of The Leading Partnership. Our long time supporter and friend of ADI Lili Koch was recently honoured for her work with us by The Rotary Club of Balgowlah with a Community Service Award. Well done Lili!
As I write we are jointly holding a Family Planning workshop in New Ireland with Marie Stopes PNG. This year we are re-doubling our efforts in family planning, with a view to further training and support to remote health workers. Why? Evidence in literature supports family planning as a tool for reducing maternal mortality, and with PNG’s maternal mortality the highest in the region this is a priority for us.
With my best wishes,
To recognise the invaluable contribution of many donors and partners to the work of ADI, we created a new page on our website. This will be continually updated. If you’d also like to support our work through a donation, please visit our donation page or call our office on 02 9907 8988.
ADI is now recruiting for volunteer medical officer and health project coordinator roles in PNG starting in early 2019.
Could 2019 be your year to help our closest neighbours in PNG and explore a new career opportunity?
Based on ADI Doctors’ Questionnaire, November 2017, this is what past doctors said about the experience:
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.
Simply visit our website http://www.adi.org.au/volunteering-in-png/ to find out more and apply by 30 April 2018
April and May are set to include key events for ADI. ADI’s Board members – Anne, Peter and George will be attending the 34th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum & Trade Expo on 30 April. If you’re also attending please come by and say hello.
In May we’re holding our inaugural fundraising bike ride along New Ireland’s coastline. We have riders in training and our new incoming Health Coordinator George Barrett will lead the group. If you’d like to join us, it’s not too late, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead, here are some other events to mark in your diary:
Welcome to the ADI newsletter. We’d like to use this to keep in touch with you to let you know what we are doing both in Australia and PNG.
2018 is well underway and I started as the new CEO in mid- January. While this is a new role for me, I’ve been a longtime affiliate of ADI, joining the Program Committee in 2014. It’s exciting to join the excellent team at ADI in this role and continue with ADI’s innovative and challenging work on the frontline of remote health. On 14 February I joined the Australasian Aid Conference to share ideas that promote access to health. I look forward to opportunities like this to meet and collaborate with others working in the health sector in low resource settings.
Fresh from his Christmas break and deployment in New Ireland last year, Dr Roeland Kraan is now in Western Province (since the beginning of February 2018). He is the 37th doctor we have sent to Western Province. If you are interested in an overseas placement, please see details here: volunteer.
A summary of ADI’s 2017 results in PNG are available here.
ADI relies on the support of many individuals and donors. Recently Yaman Kutlu (PNG Country Program Manager) and Nora Duggan (Marketing and Communications Advisor) attended an event with Becton Dickinson (BD), a long term supporter of ADI. At the event Christine Bligh of BD presented Yaman with a cheque of $8,500 to support our doctors to deliver health care services and upskill local health care workers in remote PNG. This comes on top of a successful BD trip to New Ireland with ADI in September-October to conduct an in-service on Infection Control. You can support ADI too by donating via our website. Donate >
ADI Volunteers Dr Rose Haywood and Dr Agnes De Boer with their health team in PNGTraining front line healthcare workers is growing in importance as a recognised mechanism to achieving universal health care. A recently published paper in Rural and Remote Health charts the history of community health workers (CHW) – now numbering 5,000 and representing 50% of the health workforce in PNG, and the training they are given. CHWs have a crucial role in delivering health services in rural and remote PNG communities. ADI works closely with CHWs in New Ireland and Western Province.
ADI membership costs just $25 per year and that contribution allows you to show your year-round support for our work in PNG.
In return you’ll receive a special members’ welcome pack, our e-newsletter delivered to your inbox, updates on fundraising events, an invitation to our Annual General Meeting in November, invites to returning doctor’s presentations, a chance to input into our organisation, and much more. Take steps to become a member today. Read More >