An addition to this year’s program is another patrol tender donated by AusAID which will be used to transport health care teams and supplies to extremely remote areas through the MV YWAM PNG.
This will be in collaboration with local health authorities.
YWAM medmical ships Managing Director, Ken Mulligan says the new patrol tender will increase capacity to help mobilize training and health care patrols over large distances and strengthen the rural health sector.
“The MV YWAM PNG will overcome isolation by travelling to remote locations and then deploying multiple medical teams of Papua New Guineans and international volunteers via the new patrol tenders,” says Mulligan.
The patrol tenders were purchased, fitted out and installed with support of funds granted from Australian Aid.
AusAID has committed over $A 2 million to YWAM Medical Ships work over a four year period.
Mulligan says with the full implementation of the new patrol tenders, the team now has a strong capacity to deploy multiple teams’ simultaneously.
“This will in turn cover a wider area in a short period of time.”
Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis says Australian Aid is proud to support the work of YWAM Ship and that it has had great success over the last seven years in PNG.
“Over 30,000 people living in 171 remote villages have benefitted from collaborative patrols in rural areas adding that over 200 people have been directly involved in these teams,” he adds.
The MV YWAM PNG will be docked in Port Moresby this week before she departs for Gulf Province this weekend.
Over 100 volunteers will be on board for the outreach form 12 different nations.