Kenedibi Village is situated on the northern banks of the Fly River in the Manawate Trust Region, Middle Fly District. Two years ago, a tribal fight broke out with a neighbouring village, resulting in loss of lives and property; people were scattered everywhere. After some time, however, peace and harmony was slowly restored to the area through negotiations between the villages. People, then, slowly moved out from their hideouts and back into their homes.
In September 2016, following this tragic event, the Program recruited two Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) from Kenedibi Village to represent the Manawate Trust Region. After completing their training, the VHVs wasted no time in organising community events and raising awareness for the Healthy Village program; a government initiative that encourages communities to come together to address health-related issues in their village, such as access to clean water and proper disposal of waste. Through the hard work of these VHVs, Kenedibi Village residents agreed to work together to make a positive change in their community, improve their health, and future of their children.
At the beginning of 2017, CMSFHP’s Health Promotion Officer, Cyril Yama, conducted a supervisory visit to Kenedibi Village. During this engagement, Cyril, the VHVs, and other members of the community carried out the Healthy Village’s Community Action and Participation (CAP) process; a program where VHVs and their community identify health and social issues in their village, and then devise ways to solve these problems.
In the months that followed, the CMSFHP Program worked with members of the community to install a water tank in the village, to address their lack of access to clear water; an issue raised in the original CAP meeting. Some other actions taken by the community include digging pit latrines, building backyard vegetable gardens, cutting down patches of tall grass, and digging drains. The VHVs have also been raising awareness on the importance of family planning and other health-related behaviours. According to the Kenedibi Village’s VHVs, members of their community have begun to make family planning a priority in their lives, with 12 men choosing to have a vasectomy, 16 women choosing to tubal ligation, and many other women using temporary implants.
CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund through Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF). The program is managed by OTDF and implemented by Abt Associates.