COVID story: Saving Three Hospitals in PNG
loving our neighbours:
How You Helped PNG
Walking with our nearest neighbour
The people of PNG associate with a church as much - or more - than they associate with where they come from. It is little wonder that Baptist World Aid has walked alongside our nearest neighbour for decades,
Earlier in 2021, Baptist World Aid launched its PNG COVID Emergency appeal to support the people of PNG and specifically to prevent the closure of three Baptist-run hospitals in remote highland areas. It is that type of support that is welcomed by Joseph Lakai, the General Director of Baptist Union PNG (BUPNG).
Tasmanian Baptists sent out an urgent request for prayer to enable to the hospitals to stay open.
Pictured: Baptist Health Services deliver and explain the use of PPE at Tinsley Rural Hospital
The overwhelming generosity of Baptist World Aid's supporters prevented the closure of three Baptist-run hospitals in PNG during a peak period of COVID transmission in April. Tinsley Rural Hospital, Telefomin District Hospital, and Kompiam Rural Hospital, which serve many thousands of people in rural and remote PNG highland communities, were set to close due to a lack of available personal protection equipment (PPE) and other operational factors. But their doors are still open!
Your Prayers Answered
Funds from the PNG COVID Emergency Appeal prompted immediate PPE delivery to the three hospitals and continue to support them and 30 smaller health clinics in surrounding areas. The funds are being used to:
- Buy fuel to run hospital generators and mobile clinics
- Purchase medicine and medical supplies
- Pay utility bills
- Purchase cleaning equipment and stationery for administration purposes
- Support the BUPNG office in Mt Hagen to manage this ongoing project
Safe childbirth is one of the most important patient care services provided by the church-run health providers. The hospitals and clinics provide essential patient care services, especially for mothers and girls who are disadvantaged by security and other issues.
Maternal and child health services include:
- Immunisation for pregnant mothers and children under five
- Nutrition monitoring
- Antenatal clinics
- Well and sick baby clinics
- Family planning
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