One of the biggest highlights of the 12 months spent as Health Project Manager with ADI in Kavieng, New Ireland Province was the successful coordination and facilitation of a two week inservice training program for rural health workers. It was a huge challenge – trying to coordinate 55 participants from all over the Province working with limited or no network coverage. Some participants had to travel for 2 days over land and sea to attend the training. We covered a range of topics including maternal health, malaria, TB, anaemia, child protection, and domestic violence. For some health workers this was their first chance to undertake further training after they had graduated as a Community Health Worker or Nursing Officer. It was an excellent opportunity for them to have a break away from their health centre or aid post, where they are often working alone servicing a huge catchment area. They were able to network, share stories and challenges, and learn potentially life-saving techniques and treatments.
I am incredibly grateful to ADI and the work they are doing in PNG. I have had an amazing learning experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and the professional and personal support I received from ADI throughout my placement has been invaluable. It has been an immensely challenging and extremely rewarding experience, and one I would highly recommend to those willing to dive in with an open mind, and an open heart.