Total, NVS and Gulf Province Partners in quality and efficient Primary Health Care Delivery
By Sheila Johang, published on December 8th, 2017
A MoU signed on the 18 of May 2017, between Gulf Provincial Administration, National Volunteer Services (NVS), Total E&P PNG Limited (TEP PNG) and host communities representatives of Wabo and Poroi villages near PRL-15 activated a unique Public Private Partnership to deliver primary health care through the placement of Volunteers in the two communities.
In line with the Agreement, Department for Community Development Secretary Ms. Solomon reiterated on the rebranding of NVS in aligning itself with major companies in this ‘Joint Partnership Programme’. She extended a word of appreciation to TEP PNG for being the first major company in establishing a partnership with NVS which has opened doors for other companies to participate. The Board of NVS and Department for Community Development has shown support and applauded the agreement which can be a mechanism for government services to reach communities and districts if used well.
Total’s intervention in health through this partnership led to the placement of a female health volunteer at Wabo in August this year and at Poroi recently. Since then women from the surrounding villages also visited the aid post for their health needs including maternal health. In the month of August alone 6 babies were delivered at the Wabo aid post by the Volunteer. Previously Pawaian women delivered babies in bush huts away from the villages and sometimes lost their lives due to lack of care. In the same period, 201 consultations were made. During October, visits to the clinic for new cases increased significantly with skin disease as the highest in attendance. This is due to unclean water they use.
As a neighbor, Total’s approach is to collaborate with relevant stakeholders including the government at national and regional levels to support delivery of basic services and the partnership where NVS provides specific expertise is the right way to go’, Mr. Philippe Blanchard, Total E&P PNG Managing Director said when signing the Agreement