Health radio network restored

Most of the health facilities in the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Programme (CMSFHP) area had HF Radios either requiring new accessories or a complete replacement. In the past few months, the Programme team have been travelling to the health facilities to repair the radios or, where required, install brand new HF radios. The people from the communities gathered around to watch in

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Mass measles immunisation campaign: efforts to reach the target group

In late 2013, an outbreak of measles in PNG led to the launch of a mass measles immunisation campaign in Western Province to prevent further transmission of the disease. The target group for the immunisation campaign was all people aged from 6 months to 20 years. The CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Programme (CMSFHP) Patrol team recently travelled to the Kiwaba CMCA Region

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K20,000 for student health worker accommodation in Kiunga

Rumginae Community Health Worker School has received funding to build student accommodation in Kiunga. School Principal Mr Amos Kupaloma requested assistance to build a 12 bedroom short term accommodation facility, saying it will be used by student health workers while they are on placements at health facilities in and around Kiunga. The school is the only Community Health Worker School in Western Province producing

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New vaccine refrigerators to boost immunisation in Middle and South Fly

The immunisation program in Papua New Guinea offers a range of vaccines that will reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality. However, there are many challenges in providing immunisation services to remote populations. One of these challenges is having an adequate cold chain system in place that ensures vaccines are maintained at appropriate temperatures before being administered. An important part of the cold chain

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Delivering babies while on Patrol in South Fly, Western Province

Providing Primary Health Care to people of South Fly is a routine job for the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) Patrol Team. Attending to sick people, immunising children, providing mothers with antenatal and family planning services and referring severe cases are some of our obligations as health care providers. Delivering a new born baby does not happen regularly but during our

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Construction of new houses for health workers in Middle and South Fly

The provision of suitable infrastructure for the delivery of health services is an integral component of the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) an initiative of OTDF and the CMCA Communities. CMSFHP is pleased to announce that Avenell Engineering Systems (AES), in partnership with Rhodes PNG, has been contracted to construct seven houses across CMCA areas of Middle and South Fly. Launched

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Village Health Volunteer “Training of Trainers”

The Village Health Volunteer (VHV) Training of Trainers (TOT), held from 3-14 March 2014, was organized by the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) and the National Department of Health provided specialise facilitators. The goal of the ten day training was to train health workers and community members as trainers of Village Health Volunteers. The intention is that each participant will return

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Expanded Program on Immunisation Micro-Planning Training

On 13 and 14 February 2014, 20 community health workers and nurses from Catholic Health Services of North and Middle Fly attended Expanded Program for Immunisation (EPI) Micro-Planning Training held at the Peter Torot Centre located in Kiunga in PNG. EPI Micro Planning Training aims to equip health workers at district and health centre levels with the skills to improve planning and implementation of

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Developing the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program Annual Activity Plan for 2014

Key to the success of reaching the goals of the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) is having a clear plan for everyone to work from. This year, 2014, is the first full year for the program and an Annual Activity Plan had to be developed and approved by all program partners. The CMSFHP Annual Activity Plan outlines each activity and the

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CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program launches into action following report of measles case

In December a case of measles was confirmed in the Tabubil area with several other suspected cases. Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Measles can spread quickly, particularly in populations with sub-optimal vaccine coverage. When a measles case is identified, one major response activity is to

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