Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Two isolated clinics have been established to support South Pacific communities with little or no basic medical care.
The South Pacific Division’s Adventist Health department hopes to build four clinics through its “isolated medical outposts” initiative.
In March, construction was completed on a clinic and staff house to serve the 5000 people of Bahula village, in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. The six-bed clinic cost $A98,000 and was completed by the Papua New Guinea building team. A team from Western Australia was scheduled to help, however flooding in the area cut off the community and the trip was cancelled. Morobe Mission will staff the clinic.
The other isolated clinic is at Arufi village, in the Western Province. It has five beds, cost $A90,000 and was completed by a fly’n’build team from Northern Australia. A part-time nurse has been visiting Arufi on a regular basis since the building was completed and a permanent nurse is now being recruited. One of the challenges on this project was a lack of gravel for concrete—gravel had to be flown in.
Both clinics will provide a general outpatient service, baby delivery, immunisation and maternal child health, and have solar power and water tanks.
Patients come from all around to visit the clinics.
A third clinic was scheduled to be built on Malakula Island in Vanuatu in March. However, this was delayed by Cyclone Pam. Materials are coming from Santo, which was less affected by the cyclone so work will begin soon.
These clinics—along with one other that Adventist Health hopes to build—are funded by $A269,427 from 2013’s 13th Sabbath offering. The project also received funding from camp mission offerings in the same year.
The communities were chosen due to their isolation, with no medical facilities nearby and little or no Adventist presence in the area.