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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World Tuberculosis Day in Kiunga

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major health threat in many countries and an estimated 9 million new cases occur each year. Effectively addressing TB needs health programs that will provide TB diagnosis, and medicines and supervision for the 6 month treatment period. Equally important is community health promotion so that symptoms of the disease and the importance of seeking early treatment are well understood. The

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Program Launch and start up patrols

The CMSFHP was launched in Kautru Village in the Suki Fly Gogo CMCA trust region on Saturday 27 July and in Aiambak Village in the Middle Fly CMCA trust region on 17 August 2013. The Kautru launch was supported by the Governor of Western Province, Hon Ati Wobiro; Chair of the OTDF Board, Mr Nigel Parker; CMCA Trustees; representatives of the National Department of Health, Provincial Health

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Vaccine Fridges

Childhood vaccinations are one of the most important preventive health interventions for infants and children worldwide. A strong example of the impact of vaccination is the estimated 71% worldwide reduction in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011, largely the result of accelerated measles vaccination campaigns (1). One of the challenges for providing sustainable vaccine programs for children in Western Province is the availability of cold chain fridges

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