Awareness

Awareness in schools on illicit drugs

Mathew Nelson and his team engaged with students and teachers of schools including Kila Kila Secondary School, Koki TVET and Sevese Morea Primary, to educate students on the negative impacts of drug abuse and trafficking.

Nelson said no one is immune from the devastating consequences of drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

After speaking with the students and teachers, he is sure that students have a fair idea of the consequences associated with abusing and trafficking marijuana and homebrew, especially among their peer groups.

Desalination awareness starts in Central

The awareness began after the formal handing over of the pilot project in three islands in Manus.

Fisherman Island outside Port Moresby was the first area visited by the team.

Hula village in Central Province was also visited on Friday.

National project coordinator, Tom Anayabere, said after the awareness program, the team will later prepare and test a portable desalination plant in the area as a formal technical demonstration.

Other areas that will be visited by the team include Ihu in Gulf Province, Milne Bay, Northern and Western provinces.

Awareness for water project to be done

National project manager of the desalination plants, Tom Anayabere, said the aim of the awareness is to get the interest of the community, as well as donor agencies, so that they will see the importance of it and continue to support such projects.

“I will be conducting awareness at Fisherman Island in NCD, Hula village in Central province, Ihu in Gulf, Kwato in Milne Bay and we will stop by at Dogura along the way to Northern Province and conduct an awareness there, and also Taraparuru and finish at Tufi.

Free cancer awareness workshops

This will take place on August 7th and 14th at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, in recognition of the Daffodil Campaign.

Each Cancer Education & Awareness Workshop will run for an hour and will be conducted by the PNGCF health educator.

The workshop will focus on cervical and breast cancer, signs and symptoms and the importance of prevention and detection as a way to reduce their risk of developing these cancers in the future. Each workshop will end with a question & answer session.

Catholic priest calls on people to vote wisely

Father Mathias Lopa, head of the PNG Caritas Rabaul Archdiocese highlighted this during a recent LPV Awareness program at Rataval Ward in the Bitapaka LLG of Kokopo District.

With two weeks before the polling period he urged voters who had gathered at the Ratavul Community Hall to watch out for corrupt activities.

He called on the people to vote wisely.

Meantime, he was pleased with the outcome of the day’s event which was facilitated by Caritas PNG Tapo Parish Youth and initiated and sponsored by Kokopo Open Candidate Edward Lamur’s Campaign Team.

Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer

Eleven years on, they have raised £200,000 for charity and have more than 600 members across the UK.

On Friday, Boobs and Brass was given the BBC Music Day Brass Band Award, for the band that best embodies the BBC Music Day 2017 theme - "the power of music".

The band was born when brass musicians Jane Nichols and Maggie Betts decided to call on all the female players they knew for a charity concert.

With a 25-strong band, the friends expected to raise a few hundred pounds. In fact, they took £5,000.

More awareness needed on child protection policy

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion, Delilah Gore says the Lukautim Pikinini Act and the Child Protection Policy are yet to be introduced right down to the rural villages.

Gore said, when speaking to child protection officers, that leaders in the LLGs, village and rural communities must understand these laws so that they know and understand the rights of the children.

“When the community leaders understand these laws, they will be able to help you protect the children as leaders in the community.

Taking TB awareness to communities in the City

Individual Foundation and Kaugere clinical staff talked on general TB awareness and risks, protection and prevention, treatment and care, medication adherence, drug resistance, and importantly, stigma and discrimination associated with TB.

The Foundation’s Senior Accountant Ivy Frank, who is a long-time resident of Gabutu took the lead in organizing the event with Kaugere Clinic staff, local church leaders and the surrounding community.

Parents urged to monitor daughters during elections

During an awareness conducted at Kalo village in Hula recently, Gimana raised concerns on underage pregnancy that is affecting young girls in the village. 

"During the election period, a lot of candidates and supporters will carry cash to lure voters and young girls can become venerable to such situations," Gimana said.

He said young girls have become vulnerable to unsafe sex because of ignorance and called on parents to monitor the movements of their daughters during the election period.

Awareness vital in city waste management

In Papua New Guinea’s major cities and towns, whether it is Kokopo, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Lae or the nation’s capital Port Moresby, citizens must be educated on the importance of waste management.

Like in Japan, education and awareness must begin at a very young age where children are able to grasp the information and easily incorporate it in their everyday life.

Education at the elementary school level is important in Japan and that is the current practice for the well-developed and industrial country.